Essay on The And Prevention Of Elder Abuse

1541 Words Mar 13th, 2016 null Page
Elder abuse is an often ignored, undiagnosed, violation of rights that can result in depression and anxiety, as well as physical symptoms ranging from slight injuries to permanent damage or death, and it has been suggested that 10% of the elderly in the United States experience some form of abuse (Dong, 2014). According to the World Health Organization, elder abuse is “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” (Daly, 2011). The abuse is usually intentional, but may take the form of intentional or unintentional neglect (APA, 2012). The thesis of this paper is to discuss how education is the key to detection and prevention of elder abuse, whether in an institution, in a home setting or self-abuse.
History/Background
The 2010 Census recorded that 40.3 million people, or 13% of the total population, were age 65 or older, which is the greatest number ever in the history of the United States Census. It has also been estimated that 20% of the US population will be age 65 or older by 2050. In 2010, there were 5.8 million people in America’s fastest growing segment of the population, people aged 85 or older, and it is estimated there will be 19 million people 85 or older by 2050 (NCEA, 2016). There are an estimated 4 million older Americans who are victims of abuse and neglect every year. For every case reported, it is estimated as many as 23 cases…

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