Elderly Abuse Issues

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In 2012, the Canadian government established the Protecting Canada’s Seniors Act, which increased awareness on the issues facing the elderly population of 65 years and above (Sibbal & Holroyd-Leduc, 2012). This paper will examine three contemporary challenges facing the cohort, including elderly abuse, dementia, and polypharmacy, while preventative strategies and recommendations addressing these issues will be offered. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines abuse towards seniors 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" (World Health Organization, 2017). The mistreatment of elders can take on…show more content…
Numerous health promotion and prevention strategies exist that can dramatically reduce the risk of elder abuse. One effective evidence-derived strategy to address this problem is the development of public awareness through education on the matter. This can be achieved via media campaigns that explicate what elder abuse entails, as well as how family members can take steps to minimize such occurrences (Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, 2014). In investigating prevention strategies for elder abuse, one causal factor identified was the negative attitudes held towards the general senior population (Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, 2014). The elderly will remain highly susceptible to abuse so long as they are devalued by society; it is thus imperative to focus prevention efforts on reshaping the attitudes that society possesses towards the elderly. This may take on various forms, including intervention at the level of the physician-client relationship and at the level of the child-parent relationship. It is essential to foster discussions about elderly abuse with both practitioners of the medical practice and with the general public so that individuals gain a better sense of how to treat seniors with respect and
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