Innovations in Healthy Aging – Elder Abuse: Causes, Consequences, and Prevention
Source: University of Arizona Health Sciences
As we age, our susceptibility to abuse and neglect increases, particularly for people who live with dementia. It can be hard to distinguish between a common age-related change and a change that may actually be a forensic marker of abuse or neglect such as a bruise or pressure sore. Many people who engage in abusive behaviors are ashamed or deeply sorry yet do not have the wherewithal to act differently; this does not excuse abusive behavior but it does help us understand and prevent it. In this lecture we will discuss how to detect abuse/neglect, what to do if you have a suspicion and how to help prevent it from occurring in the first place.
Topics: Cognition/Capacity, Overview/General, Prevention/Intervention, Screening/Assessment
Intended Use: Self-directed Learning
Audience: Caregivers, Community, Health Care, Social Services
Level: Basic, Intermediate