I believe that the solutions are effective because a lot of people are not able to afford care services for their parents or grandparents although they wish to take care of seniors. Also, some people do not understand the importance of giving attention and listening to elderly’s views. This book parallels with the course objectives of our HSM 220, “Aging in America” class. We learned that aging population is growing rapidly, and there is a need to promote well-being for age-wise citizens in our society. The Age of Dignity book helps us understand the aging process and encourages us to appreciate the multi-disciplinary approach to health of the elderly.
Prospective JD candidate Jane Black analyzes the issue of elder abuse in her article “The Not-So-Golden Years: Power Of Attorney, Elder Abuse, And Why Our Laws Are Failing A Vulnerable Population” (particularly the financial aspect) and creates a solution to the glaring issues that plague the system meant to protect the elderly. Black uses three main points to produce an accurate look at the issues at hand. First, elderly people are particularly vulnerable to abuse making them easy targets. Second, the laws that are meant to keep the elderly safe are weak, thus enabling more abuse. Third, by creating stronger laws and programs, elder abuse can be curbed very easily.
National attention should focus on seniors living along or with someone (family members often are the offenders in abuse towards their senior love one), resulting in a reduction of emotional, and physical, financial and sexual abuse of seniors. At this juncture, the National Center of Elder Abuse Administration of Aging (NCEA) should be involved as well as the Alzheimer’s Association to educate the public on aspects of people who get older and can no longer maintain many parts of their lives, including their health. To implement this initiative, a national focus should turn toward current and new applications for products and services applied in the name of a senior, who is not likely to accumulate debt.
Financial abuse, such as being robbed,also sexual abuse for example being sexual abused or raped. There is a common mistaken in what people believe that only abuse happens within a care setting, however this isn 't true. service users can be vulnerable in their community, if they look different or behave differently to the acceptance norms in society, they are easily targeted by groups. Because they believe they will not resist or they believe the vulnerable person is not considered reliable witness if a crime is committed against them due to their vulnerability. Abuse mostly happens in residential care homes, because they provide the potential for abuse to happen to an
The Elder Justice Act focuses on educating the public, spreading awareness and improving the services to the Adult Protective Services and Long term care Ombudsman as prophylactic. The EJA is the first piece to talk about elder abuse nationally. By spreading the awareness, Americans will be more informed and know who to report to if abuse is
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.
Cooper, C., Selwood, A., & Livingston, G. (2008). The prevalence of elder abuse and neglect: a systematic review. Age and ageing, 37(2), 151-160. Department of Heath (2000) No Secrets: Guidance On Developing and Implementation of Multi-Agency Policies and Procedures to Protect Vulnerable Adults from Abuse.
Having knowledge of social policies is essential to address elder abuse because it is crucial to have valued information to provide to the service user or how to report any type of abuse or neglect with seniors. In Canada, elder abuse legislation is a responsibility of federal, provincial and municipal (Podnieks, 2008). Likewise, the federal Criminal Code (1985) defines the standards for criminal justice through the country. Hence, this code has strengths and limitation regarding elder abuse.
By the end of Confronting Elderly Abuse in America, I was crying and upset. I felt so bad for the victims, and I couldn’t believe that so many people could hurt the elderly. I believe the state stated in the documentary was that nearly 90% are abused by someone they know. It’s devastating to know that those being abused put so much trust in the ones they love without knowing their loved ones are abusing their power. Although, the majority of elderly abuse cases are caused by a loved one or caregiver there are those cases that person abused was picked at random like husband’s grandma.
Elderly abuse can take a variety of forms including physical, sexual, mental, financial, and neglect. The abuser can be anyone; a caregiver, family member, other patients, or self-inflicted. Recent research states that prevalence of elder abuse in long-term care ranges from 2% to 10% (Connor et al., 2011). According to Shaffer, Williamson, & Dooley (2007), the vulnerability of abuse can be directly related to mental illness, such as dementia, as well as the depression or resentment of caregivers. Kohl, Sanders, & Blumenthal (2012) define the populations at risk as frail elders, those with dementia, and families with a history of violence.
When it comes to abuse and neglect, we automatically think of children. Children are not the only ones who deal with being abused. In fact, this happens to the elderly as well. While some elderly may be productive enough to care for themselves, others are not.
Due to changing demographics in the United States and the inheriting secrecy of abusive behavior, elder abuse is a relatively new social problem recognized by scholars over the last half of the twentieth century (Hattery & Smith, 2016). As research continues to be compiled, federal agencies developed state entities to protect the interests of the elderly by defining acts of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. In Arizona, the Department of Economic Security (DES) handles reports of alleged abuse or neglect through the Adult Protective Services (APS). The APS acknowledges the same definition of abuse as standardized by federal agencies and is responsible for reporting both suspected data and substantiated data to federal agencies for the purpose of statistical analysis. The Arizona Department of Economic Security (2016) reported that between 2012 and 2016 exploitation was 27.58% of the whole compared to the 25.6% of investigated abuse cases.
Hillier and Barrow (2015), associate problems of caregiving with the responsibility itself, the caregivers personal health, role strains, strained family relationships, ect. With all of this strain on an informal caregiver it seems most beneficial to the caregiver and the elderly individual to consider admittance in to an assisted living facility. Once a basis has been established as to why an elderly person is admitted in to an assisted living facility, further insight shall be established to denote what is considered elder abuse. In this movie, Life and Death in Assisted Living Facilities, several
1. We do not want to increase the 500,000 older people who went missing each year in China because of being neglected and abused. CONCLUSION I. We need to care for the elderly and change our attitude towards them. II. Do not isolate them from the community by including them in our lives or else there will be an increase in the suicide rate and homeless
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