Legal and Ethical Issues of Reporting Abuse in Both Children and the Elderly
While these medical personnel are reluctant to report abuse, there are approximately 2,000 reported deaths in children due to abuse each year. With the elderly, the number of deaths is uncertain. In the case of the elderly, medical examiners have difficulty separating possible abuse from normal health issues and injuries. It is noted that most senior citizens that report abuse generally …show more content…
Reporting elderly abuse and neglect is typically more difficult for an attending physician. The abuse and/or neglect may be more varied than as in the cases of children. Elderly abuse and neglect is not just physical or sexual. Types of abuse for the elderly include financial exploitation, emotional abuse, caregiver neglect, deprivation, and/or confinement. The elderly can also self-neglect when they can no longer take care of themselves. Most people think that self-neglect is reserved for elder persons with Alzheimer's or dementia, but there are elders that their health is slowly declining and is not recognized or acknowledged by their families or caregivers.
With the elderly population increasing as the baby boomers are entering their geriatric years, there will be an increase in abuse and neglect in this generation of individuals. With this being stated, there will also be less individuals to care for this population and more probability for abuse or neglect to go undetected or overlooked. The elderly are most likely to die within a year after abuse or neglect events have been reported to officials. This is