Elder Abuse And Neglect

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Despite the many programs and systems in place meant to protect the elderly, elder abuse remains prevalent in our society. In the U.S. alone, there are more than half a million reports of abuse against elderly Americans each year, with millions more going unreported (Robinson, Saisan, & Segal, 2016). As elders become more physically fragile, they are less able to stand up for them selves and/or fight back if attacked. They may not be able to see or hear as well as when they were younger, as such, dementia and Alzheimer’s can leave the elderly vulnerable to be taken advantage of. Both mental and physical disorders may make them more difficult for a caregiver to provide necessary assistance, especially in the home setting. Many seniors around …show more content…
An elder or an older adult is someone who is sixty years of age or older. Abuse can happen to any older person, but often affects those who depend on others for help with daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, eating, shopping and taking medication. A person who is frail may appear to be an easy unsuspecting victim. A family member is the perpetrator in approximately 90% of elder abuse cases in the US (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, …show more content…
Neglect can be either intentional or unintentional and is the failure by a caregiver to protect or provide for a dependent elderly charge, which results in a serious risk of health and/or safety. More than half of all reported elder abuse cases are a result of neglect. This can be the failure to meet basic needs such as shelter, nutrition, clothing, hygiene and medical care or the failure to protect the person from unsafe activities (Watson, 2013). Financial exploitation is the unauthorized or misappropriated use of an elderly person’s resources by a caregiver for the benefit of someone other than that individual. This can include, depriving the person of rightful access to personal benefits, resources or assets. Examples include forgery, misuse or theft of checks, credit cards or personal property; the use of intimidation or ruse to surrender finances or property; or the improper use of guardianship or power of attorney (Lachs & Pillemer,

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