Elder Abuse : A Growing Epidemic

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Elder Abuse: A Growing Epidemic
Elder abuse is of growing concern in today’s society; it is the single most unreported cause of abuse. The thesis of this paper is to describe elder abuse, look at why it is becoming such a problem and what is being done to correct it. According to World Health Organization it is estimated that 80 percent of elder abuse is unreported (Daly, Schmeidel & Jogerst, 2012). Elder abuse is a problem not only just in the health care setting but community wide. Patience and having the time to care for the elderly population is becoming more and more of a struggle in that nurses are being continuously bombarded with a larger patient load and a lack of help. In an article by Rosen (2014), it is stated that five million or more elderly Americans have been abuse, neglected or exploited. What is even more astonishing is that only one in fourteen cases is reported. Elder abuse is defined as “A single or repeated act or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person or violates their human or civil rights.” (Chen, Twomey & Whittier 2012.)
Elder abuse is most commonly perpetrated in the home setting by a caregiver. The abuser is usually a spouse, adult child, sibling, long-term care facility employee or in-home care provider (Schub & Kornusk, 2014). Out of all the patient care settings, nursing homes have the highest abuse rate, which is not surprising…

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