eFit – HCP: Elder Abuse
Abuse is any action or inaction that threatens the health or wellbeing of an older adult. Some people call it elder abuse, senior abuse or abuse of older adults. All abuse is an abuse of power and a violation of trust in a relationship. The harm can be physical, emotional, financial, sexual, or involve some other breach of a person’s rights and freedoms. Neglect is also a form of abuse.
The abused person may or may not realize that their rights have been violated. The person causing the harm may or may not know that their action or inaction is abusive. Bystanders might suspect something is wrong yet be unwilling to get involved or unsure about what to do.
Abuse can happen to anyone at any age. It is a myth that abuse only happens to dependent, frail older adults. Abuse often happens to capable, fully functioning older adults. People are usually ashamed to find themselves in an abusive relationship. They might ask themselves: How did this happen to me? How did I get here? (1)
Elder Abuse (World Health Organization):
Elder Abuse: Assessment and Intervention Reference Guide (National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly):
Elder Abuse & Neglect: In Search of Solutions (American Psychological Association):
RNAO: Preventing and Addressing Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults (Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario):
Aboriginal Elder Abuse in Canada:
Abuse Among Older LGBTQ Adults: Barriers and Opportunities for Support:
Crime and Abuse Against Seniors: A Review of the Research Literature With Special Reference to the Canadian Situation:
Know Your Rights: Protecting the Human Rights of Seniors:
Screening Tools for Elder Abuse: Evaluation and Implementation in Ireland:
The Grandmother Spirit Project: Safety and Well-being for Senior Aboriginal Women:
What Every Older Canadian Should Know About Financial Abuse:
This series of courses provides a foundation for understanding, recognizing, assessing and managing health care concerns in the older adult. Each Lesson includes short narrated modules that focus on these four themes.
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