The Abuse Of Older Adults

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A social issue that is important to acknowledge is the abuse of older people. For so many years, elder abuse has been a hidden yet growing problem in the United States. This problem is recognized as a tragedy that impacts older adults of all races, cultures, sexual orientations, social class and geographic areas. Additionally, this is a critical public health problem that has negative consequences on the health and well-being of older adults. Although the definitions of elder abuse vary, the U.S Administration on Aging (AOA) describes it as physical, sexual, neglect, self-neglect, exploitation, emotional abuse, and abandonment (2016). To further explain, physical abuse can be inflicting pain or injury such as slapping, bruising, or beating. Sexual abuse means to incest, rape and other types of sexual coercion. Neglect is the loss of respect from those responsible to care for the elder and lack of interest in the older person’s well-being. Self-neglect happens when an elderly person lives in a way that puts his or her own health, safety or well-being at risk. Exploitation is the illegal use of funds, property, or assets of a senior that is often used for someone else’s benefit. Emotional abuse consists of verbal or nonverbal acts that cause mental pain, or distress. Lastly, abandonment is leaving the elder unattended. In most cases, older adults are often abused by someone they know that includes spouses or partners in the relationship, adult children, or other family…

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