Category: violence

Just Respect Elders – Stop Abuse!

Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.

Preventing family violence, including the abuse and neglect of older people, is an important community and social policy issue in the world. Although significant research and intervention activities have been undertaken to reduce family violence . In general, elder abuse is a term referring to any knowing, intentional, or irresponsible act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult.

Types of Abusing:

Physical Abuse—inflicting physical pain or injury on a senior, e.g. slapping, bruising, or restraining by physical or chemical means.

Sexual Abuse—non-consensual sexual contact of any kind.

Neglect—the failure by those responsible to provide food, shelter, health care, or protection for a vulnerable elder.

Exploitation—the illegal taking, misuse, or concealment of funds, property, or assets of a senior for someone else’s benefit.

Emotional Abuse—inflicting mental pain, anguish, or distress on an elder person through verbal or nonverbal acts, e.g. humiliating, intimidating, or threatening.

Abandonment—desertion of a vulnerable elder by anyone who has assumed the responsibility for care or custody of that person.

Self-neglect—characterized as the failure of a person to perform essential, self-care tasks and that such failure threatens his/her own health or safety.

Prevention Tips:

Learn when and how to report abuse

Get help for commonly seen “suspicious situations” involving possible abuse of elders and adults with disabilities

Learn about the agencies and organizations that respond to reports of abuse

Learn what some communities and multidisciplinary teams are doing to prevent abuse from occurring

Explore how the many fields and organizations that serve elders and adults with disabilities may play a role in abuse interference and prevention