- elder abuse
- institutional abuse
- domestic abuse
What are the causes and risks of the injury?
Caregiver stress.Caring for older, frail people can be time-consuming and very stressful. The stress is greater when the older person is mentally or physically impaired. Cycle of violence.Some families act more violent than others. Violence is a learned behavior passed down from parents to children. In these families, abusive behavior is the normal response to tension or conflict. Spouses are also one of the most common elder abusers. In these cases, the elder abuse is often a continuation of a pattern of spousal abuse started years earlier. Impaired mental or physical health.Elders in poor health are more likely to be abused than those in good health. Abuse tends to occur when an older person's mental or physical health worsens and stress rises. Personal problems of the abuser.Adult children who abuse their parents may suffer from mental disorders, alcohol dependence, drug abuse or addiction, and financial problems. They may have just finished raising their children and now find themselves tied down again taking care of a parent.
- fear revenge by the abuser
- feel embarrassed
- worry about being put into an institution
What can be done to prevent the injury?
- asking directly about signs of possible abuse
- supporting the victim and talking to help him or her feel less alone
- showing concern, so that the person knows there is someone to turn to if he or she wants help
How is the injury recognized?
What are the treatments for the injury?
respite carefor the caregiver
- adult day care
- housing assistance
- meal programs
What are the side effects of the treatments?
What happens after treatment for the injury?
"Abuse of the Elderly" [hyperLink url="http://www.crha-health.ab.ca/hlthconn/items/elder-ab.htm" linkTitle="#xA;www.crha-health.ab.ca/hlthconn/items/elder-ab.htm"] www.crha-health.ab.ca/hlthconn/items/elder-ab.htm[/hyperLink]
"Is this Elder Abuse?" [hyperLink url="http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/elderabuse/" linkTitle="#xA;www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/elderabuse"] www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/elderabuse[/hyperLink]
"Elder Abuse Prevention" [hyperLink url="http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/factsheets/abuse.html" linkTitle="#xA;www.aoa.dhhs.gov/factsheets/abuse.html"] www.aoa.dhhs.gov/factsheets/abuse.html[/hyperLink]
"What is Elder Abuse?" [hyperLink url="http://www.gwjapan.com/NCEA/basic/index.html" linkTitle="#xA;www.gwjapan.com/NCEA/basic"] www.gwjapan.com/NCEA/basic[/hyperLink]
National Center on Elder Abuse, 1225 I Street, N.W., Suite 725, Washington, D.C. 20005; (202) 898-2586 (voice)