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

2985 WordsMay 13, 201512 Pages
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 forms of abuse (physical, sexual and financial material exploitation) should be clearly defined. Physical abuse is the “use of physical force that may result in bodily injury, physical pain, or impairment” (Elder Abuse, 2015). This can include hitting, pushing, shoving, kicking, or anything that causes harm to the elder person and can be seen as the most dangerous forms of elderly abuse as it could quickly result in permanent damage or death. Sexual abuse is “non-consensual sexual contact of any kind with an elderly person” (Elder Abuse, 2015). And lastly, financial and or material exploitation is the illegal or improper use of an elders funds, property or assets. Protections for elder adults has been a relatively new concept

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