The Issue Of Elderly Abuse

1957 Words Apr 17th, 2016 8 Pages
“Every year an estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that’s only part of the picture: Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as 23 cases go unreported” ("World Elder Abuse Awareness Day"). The issue of elderly abuse is a growing topic in our country because it violates three specific articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Elderly abuse and neglect is an increasing age discrimination issue in the United States and violates the human rights to an adequate standard of living, equal protection under the law, and the right to be free from degrading treatment. The often neglectful and abusive caregivers take advantage of the elderly’s decreasing mental and physiological state while in nursing homes. Most of the elderly start showing signs of dementia, a term used to describe a lack of mental ability, as early as the age of fifty. It affects the way individuals can comprehend information and express themselves. Most of the elderly that are being abused have some form of dementia. California’s Department of Public Health proved this exploitation to be true with dementia patients, “The same month that Shepter died, a nurse told state officials that staffers were using potent antipsychotic drugs to "chemically restrain" residents with dementia, which can cause unruly and erratic behavior. Her complaint prompted the California Department of Public Health to cite the…
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