Elder Abuse

1946 Words Dec 12th, 2008 8 Pages
1. State of the Problem – Elder Abuse in our country is growing in America. All people have the right to live their lives without abuse, neglects, and being exploitations. It should not matter how old we are everyone has value. The 2004 Survey of State Adult Protective Services, found the following: that a 19.7 percent increase from 2000 – 2004 in the combined total of reports of elder and vulnerable adult abuse and there was a 15.6 percent increase from 2000 – 2004 in substantiated cases; and the abuse occurred more than two in five victims which is (42.8%) were age 80 or older; Most alleged perpetrators in 2003 were adult children (32.6%) or other family members (21.5%), and spouses/intimate partners accounted for 11.3% of the total. …show more content…
Financial abuse is when someone illegal takes, misuse, or conceals the funds or property, assets from an elder. These are few signs of financial abuse when someone unauthorized withdrawal money from of the elder's account and unexplained disappearance of funds or valuable possessions; and when an elder's signature being forged for financial transactions. For example, Cynthia, a ninety-three old woman recently, had her granddaughter Carol and her boyfriend Kyle move in with her to provide care giving assistance in exchange for free housing. The granddaughter convinced Cynthia to add her to her checking account to help her pay bills. Her granddaughter and her boyfriend have not been working since they move in with Cynthia. The bank teller noticed that there was irregular account activity and made contacted Adult Protective Service APS. (www.ncea.aoa.gov) Neglect abuse is refusing or failure to provide food, shelter, health care, or protection for elder. These are the few of the signs when the elder are dehydration, malnutrition, untreated bed sores, and poor personal hygiene; or unsafe living condition for example improper wiring, no heat in the home or no running water. Abandonment abuse is when an individual who has assumed responsibility deserts an elderly person. Deserting an elder at a hospital, or deserting an elder at public location is abandonment abuse. (www.ncea.aoa.gov). Self-neglect is when elders neglect their own care, which can lead to illness or injury.

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