Elderly Abuse And What Issues With It

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Introduction: This essay I will explain elderly abuse and what issues with it. The information is based on research through books, journals and helpful websites where I gathered relevant information for the essay.
Elderly Abuse
Is a general term used to describe harmful acts toward an elderly adult, such as physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, financial exploitation and neglect (including self-neglect). (Farlex, 2015)
As adults grow older they may become more physically frail, may not see or hear as well as they used to, and may develop cognitive problems such as dementia or any other health issues, As a result, they become increasingly vulnerable to abuse and neglect. The mistreatment of older adults takes many forms, including physical, verbal, emotional and sexual abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect. According to the National Centre on Elder Abuse, the number of older adults who are mistreated each year is close to 5 million and is rising. (Health in Aging, 2015). The characteristic of abused and abuser
The issues of who is at risk and neglected has attracted a number of researchers. The studies carried out by Pillemer and Finkerlhor (1988) and also Podnieks (1992) identified some of the most important characteristics of abused elderly. According to them it stated that the first the victim tend to be in poor health conditions, second, abused elderly are more likely to be living with someone and finally neglected elderly are more likely to have no one…

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