The Negative Impact of Elderly Abuse

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Medical and technological advancements enable elders to live longer lives than ever before, yet the impact of elder abuse continues to threaten the quality of life of the elderly population. Elder abuse is now becoming a prevalent problem in our society, and this problem is often overlooked and ignored making elder abuse one of the most unreported crimes in the country. Elder abuse is extremely complex like any other type of domestic violence and because there are many elements that contribute to this problem, the impact of elder abuse is much deeper than it may appear on the surface. Elder abuse has a negative impact on the individual, the family, and society.

The negative impact of elder abuse first and foremost has a negative impact on the individual. Individuals can endure many types of abuse including physical, emotional, and financial and this can lead to unfavorable consequences for the individual. Most elders experience physical abuse. “In Canada 45 percent of reported cases of elder abuse concerned physical abuse.” Physical abuse poses one of the most threatening impacts because it produces negative health effects, such as heart problems, broken bones or limbs, and high blood pressure. Physical abuse has a considerable impact on people at any age, but elders can specifically be more vulnerable and the impact can hit much harder than normal. Elderly people have less physical resilience than people who are younger and the injuries they may take longer to heal. The
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