Elder Abuse : The Single Most Important Issues Affecting The Elder Population

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Elder Abuse is one of the single most important issues affecting the elder population in the United States yet is very little research on the issue or protections for seniors against elder abuse. The World Health Organization defines Elder Abuse as “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an exception of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person”(World Health Organization, 2015) . Elder abuse can be separated into different subtypes of abuse including, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, financial and /or material abuse, neglect, abandonment and self neglect. In order to understand the concept of elder abuse the three most common…show more content…
and its only within the last 40 years or so that laws, mandates and legislation have been created in order to protect this growing population. The Older American Act of 1965 was enacted to promote protections for people over the age of 65. In the 1990’s the Title VII: Allotments for Vulnerable Elder Rights Protection Activities was passed to strengthen advocacy programs and services for the elderly. However, the act did not protect elder people from abuse or dictate involvement or intervention from the “justice system”. Since then, several states have gone to their Supreme Courts to establish ways in which they can protect their elderly populations. However, there is currently no federal law against the crime of elder abuse. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services established a committee and subcommittee to address gerontological concerns. Under the Department of Health and Human Services, a committee known as the Administration of Aging was developed to research and address concerns in regards to policies and issues affecting older adults. In regards to elder abuse, a subcommittee known as the National Center on Elder Abuse was established in 1988 under the Administration of Aging committee. Its purpose is to be the primary elder abuse resource center. It provides information about interventions, preventative methods, provides training and collaborates with other facilities on researching elder abuse. Even with this well
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