Dementia and Elder Abuse
Source: Indian + Country ECHO
Date of Presentation: February 10, 2022
Studies show that persons with dementia have over a 50% chance of being abused. In today’s presentation, Dr. Laura Mosqueda shares an overview on the abuse of people with dementia. The person with dementia may be unable to recognize that they are being abused, and if they do they might not be able to report it, and if they are they might not be believed. Knowing the observations to assess, risks, and what to look for, allows for better advocacy for elders vulnerable for abuse.
Laura Mosqueda, MD, FAAFP, AGSF
Laura Mosqueda, MD, FAAFP, AGSF, is a widely respected authority on geriatric and family medicine, elder abuse, and care of the elderly and underserved. She is also an expert on medical education curricula design, development and implementation.
Mosqueda is the director of the National Center on Elder Abuse, a federally-funded initiative that serves as the nation’s coordinating body and clearinghouse for information on research, training, best practices, news and resources on elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. She is the principal investigator of an NIA-funded R01 study to understand the causes of abuse of people with dementia, and is the leader of numerous other activities related to elder justice.
Link: Dementia and Elder Abuse
Topics: Cognition/Capacity, Screening/Assessment
Intended Use: Self-directed Learning
Audience: Health Care