African American Elder Abuse
African American elder abuse is limited on its information when it comes to data and research. I found it very interesting and wanted to find out more about African American elder abuse. Who would think a person would want to abuse an elderly person who is already lacking in abilities and have impairments. As a African American man I have found it very common for individuals of my same race, African Americans to exploit their elders when it comes to finances and neglect abuse of the elders. I wanted to see could I find any correlation of a relationship that connects the African American race and elder abuse in some type of way. African American abuse started back when America was segregated and the White Americans …show more content…
This abuse includes physical, sexual, emotional or psychological, neglect, abandonment, financial or material exploitation, and self-neglect abuse. I will focus on this social condition of abuse that has triggered through social experience leading to the abuse of African American elders. African American elder abuse is the mistreatment towards black individuals of the age 60 and older. The victims are usually older frail and vulnerable seniors. The abusers of the victims are commonly close relatives, spouse, or caretaker. According to the book Elder Mistreatment, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in an Aging America, the writer says, “Neglect and financial abuse is most common types of elder mistreatment in African American communities (Griffin, 1994).” In the black community, many black children and single parents are in poverty depending on their elderly parent’s income to survive. This is a social learning condition passed on down from generation to generation. The plantation owners (whites) have taken advantage of the hardworking slaves by paying them little money for hard labor and punishing them if they didn’t follow the rules given by the owner. The slaves were mistreated. The mistreatment was used to control the slaves and gain power. It has now turned to the black adults taking advantage of their elder parents, battering them and misusing their elder parents finance to capitalize on their own gain for …show more content…
This abuse comes from external stress. External Stress may be financial problems, job stress, and additional family stressors can increase the risk for abuse. This may cause the elder to want to be socially isolated from family and friends. Social Isolation is when an elder does not want to be around people or bothered which may be due to mistreatment of by another or self neglect. Elder abuse is also caused by an individual 's personal problems with self such as alcoholism, drug addiction, lack of money, and/or an emotional disorder in which causes them to become an abuser unlike an individual who do not suffer from such
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Describe the case in detail A 51 years old schizophrenic Bert Montoya was placed to live at Dorothea’s home by her social worker, Judy Moise. According to Judy, Dorothea told her that she was in the 70s and she actually was a nurse during WWII. She was known for donate money and cloths to charity and employee people in parole. She welcomed everyone in her home.
African-Americans have been subjected to racial injustices for ages due to their skin color, especially in the south. African-Americans can barely offer a home, let alone food for their families due to the obstacles whites have created. In the 1960’s Martin Luther King Jr. and others took action to stop the racial bigotry that African-Americans were undergoing this is important because Martin Luther King Jr. plays a big role in creating movements that help African-Americans and is talked about in both books. Although some blame the government for allowing the court to alter laws that oppress African-Americans, discriminatory whites are more at fault because they are the ones invoking and presenting them to the court. The nonfiction book “The
The brutality African Americans faced while being taken into slavery was just the beginning of the terror. First, slave traders, or those in service of slave traders, would find, many times, isolated villages to attack. The whites would go into villages and raid them for the strong men that could be a hard worker for them. African Americans would be sleeping in their beds at night And they would be suddenly
In the late 1800's slavery was divided and different between the northern and southern states. Roughly 200,000 African Americans were free in America some of which born free and others who bought their freedom. All whom could share stories of cruelty instilled upon them while serving a master. Many stripped from their family as they grew up having to survive on their own. Beaten for whatever reason just to enforce upon them who was in charge and what would not be tolerated, and at times beaten for no reason at all as this was slavery.
During the Slave Trade, millions of African American people were taken from their homeland to be sold into slavery. They were only seen as desirable for their work, and were treated as animals. Dragged onto a large ship, these slaves would be forced to endure brutal living conditions both before and after they were bought. During their travels, they were beaten, starved, and insulted with vulgar language. These people were all seen as less than others due to something as trivial as the color of their skin.
African Americans were not treated fairly during slavery. African Americans are just like everyone else and deserve the same right as everyone else, no one should be treated differently by their skin color. Frederick Douglass and Paul Dunbar both talk about slaves and being treated unfair. They both use personal experience to support their ideas. Paul Laurence Dunbar uses conflict in “we wear the mask” to get his point across about African Americans being treated unfairly after slavery ended.
In the book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome written by Dr.Joy DeGruy she explains how the past events in American history has lead to post traumatic slave syndrome. She explains that the way African Americans were treated during the slave era and after has had an everlasting effect on African Americans. The book goes on to describe how America has been denying its past and has not helped to integrated and level all the playing fields for African Americans. The book brings to light how we can try to contribute in making America a fair and equal place for all as most claim it to be. Through the book DeGruy talks about the four major contributing factors for the reason why America is the way it is.
Throughout history of the United States of America from as early back as it is available African American have suffered terribly at the hands of their white counterpart. According to history.com website “the continent of Africa was deprived of its most valuable resource – its healthiest and ablest men and women.” Unfortunately for them their status changes as they now take on a name role – Slaves”. (history.com) Marcus Mosiah Garvey a Jamaican born and Jamaica first National Hero stated that "A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
African Americans have had a long history of oppression. They were forced to be slaved and kept under the white man’s control. They were segregated so that Blacks and Whites do not mix. Today, police brutality on the African American community led to the “Black Lives Matter” movement. The LGBTQ community has also been oppressed.
These issues that have plagued the U.S. for decades are both explored in the book, Just Mercy, and the movie, The 13th. African-Americans have been oppressed in the United States for centuries, the beginning of the prison system
Elder abuse is a pervasive phenomenon around the world with devastating effects on the victims. Although it is not a new phenomenon, interest in examining elder abuse is relatively new. This paper aims to provide an overview of the etiological theories and measures of elder abuse. The paper briefly reviews theories to explain causes of elder abuse and then discusses the most commonly used measures of elder abuse. Based on the reviewed theories, it can be concluded that elder abuse is a multifactorial problem that may affect elderly people from different backgrounds and involve a wide variety of potential perpetrators, including caregivers, adult children, and partners.
After slavery, African Americans in the United States, especially in the southern region of the country, went through plenty of hardships and oppression. African Americans
In 2005, over 62% of children involved in a study done by the United States Department of Health and Human Services suffered some form of neglect by their legal guardian. 16% of children ages 0 to 3 were neglected, the highest rate in age demographics. Gender did not seem to play a major role, with 47.3% of females being neglected, and 50.7% of males being neglected. Race was also considered, and contrary to social standards, almost twice as many white children reported neglect than African American children (Child Abuse...Statistics). These statistics show that no matter the race, age or gender of a child, they can still be
Elder abuse can be referred to as 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. Elderly people often get abuse by people who should be their protector and carer, in most circumstances many elderly adults are abused in their own homes, in relatives’ homes, and even in facilities responsible for their care. If you suspect that an elderly person is at risk from a neglectful or overwhelmed caregiver, or being preyed upon financially, it’s important to speak up. Learning about the warning signs of elder abuse, what the risk factors are, and how you can prevent and report the problem it’s very vital in protecting the elderly from abuse, some of these abuse are; • Not caring for someone property (neglect) • Pressuring