Essay on Elderly Abuse and Neglect

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When discussing abuse and neglect we often think of children first. That being said, children are not the only ones who will be abused and/or neglected. In fact, this happens to some elderly as well. While some elderly may be productive enough to care for themselves, others are not. The end result is a complete (or close to complete) dependency on someone else for their needs. In addition, just like with children, this dependency can lead to abuse and/or neglect.
There has been an increase in the number of elderly that have been subjected to violence and mistreatment. This type of treatment is associated with the individual’s dependency on others; whether it be a relative, acquaintance and/or institution (Meadows, 2010). According
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This type of neglect may involve a “deliberate withdrawal of health services, food or other necessities” (Meadows, 200, p.88). In some ways older people seem like the perfect targets for abuse, due to their relative weakness. Active neglect may be utilized for exploitation purposes, like trying “to cash in on a life insurance policy” (Meadows, 2010, p.88). Caring for elders that are very ill or incapacitated can be daunting and become burdensome. This is when a situation may spiral out of control and lead to a passive neglect situation. Today, with the increase in life span, it only widens the opportunity for an increase in elderly victimization (Meadows, 2010). This victimization is not limited to family caregivers, it also includes institutions.
Negligence is also occurring within nursing homes and other care institutions. Studies pertaining to negligence in nursing homes have been conducted. The text uses California as an example, in which 1 out of 3 nursing homes were found to have serious problems with life threatening care. In many cases the care was far from standard and caused death in residents. Of course causes of death need to be looked into along with allegations that are made. Studies are then conducted to determine the legitimacy of those allegations. Likewise, studies also attempt to determine what type of abuse/neglect is most prominent (Meadows, 2010). Erik Lindbloom conducted a study that “revealed several markers that

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