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date: 03 December 2022

Elder Abuselocked

Elder Abuselocked

  • Eloise Rathbone-McCuanEloise Rathbone-McCuanUniversity of Missouri–Kansas City

Summary

Elder abuse is now recognized internationally as a social problem among the aging population. Intentional abuse, neglect, and exploitation among caregivers to frail and isolated elderly create serious risks across diverse formal and informal care settings. This field has expanded continuously since the early 1970s. Accurate prevalence and incidence rates have not been determined. There is a national system of elder victim protection operating within each state. The social work profession is legally mandated to report situations where an elderly person is suspected to be at risk of abuse. Social workers are involved in all aspects of elder abuse prevention and intervention services.

Subjects

  • Aging and Older Adults
  • Criminal Justice
  • Macro Practice
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Populations and Practice Settings

Updated in this version

Expanded judicial efforts advancing specialized court case capacity, attention to elder abuse within developing countries, and growing awareness of family intergenerational dynamics related to age. Improved LTC facility case assessment procedures.

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