No Uniform Reporting System For Elder Abuse Essay
Did you know that according to the National Institute of Justice website “…there is no uniform reporting system for elder abuse in the U.S. Additionally, the available national incidence and prevalence data from administrative records are unreliable because states have different definitions of elder and different reporting mechanisms” ("Extent of Elder Abuse Victimization," 2015).
Motive for Listening
Everyone has an aging relative or knows and elderly citizen in their community that they care about. Now imagine if you found out that this person was being abused. You would want to know how to prevent or stop this abuse, right? That is what I will be talking about today, what is elder abuse? and how to spot the signs of abuse, prevent it, and educate others.
As you can see I am not elderly, and I have not experienced elder abuse personally, but I am a concerned American. The aging population is NOT decreasing and the abuse that is being carried out on our elderly everyday needs to be stopped. According to the United States Census report in 2014, “…between 2012 and 2050, the U.S. population is projected to grow from 314 million in 2012 to 400 million in 2050, an increase of 27 percent” (Ortman, Velkoff, & Hogan, 2014, p. 2).
Abuse of the elderly can be neglect, mental, and physical abuse, spotting the signs and learning how to educate and prevent abuse are critical to the care and well being of the elderly.