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Editor's E-Note

Social workers can play a key role in protecting elders from abuse. Ellen M. Craine, JD, LMSW-Clinical and Macro, ACSW, INHC, looks at the signs and strategies for prevention.

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Elder Abuse: The Secret Behind Closed Doors

By Ellen M. Craine, JD, LMSW-Clinical and Macro, ACSW, INHC

According to the National Council on Aging, as many as 5 million older Americans are abused each year. Likely contributing to the potential for abuse is a lack of support and coping tools for family caregivers. In addition, one in 10 Americans aged 60 and older have experienced some form of elder abuse.

Elder abuse is a form of domestic abuse and may include physical, emotional, financial, or sexual abuse as well as exploitation, neglect, and abandonment. Among the physical signs of abuse are bruises, broken bones, abrasions, and clear signs of overmedication. Sexual abuse includes forcing someone to have sexual encounters of any kind. Emotional abuse may include the way someone communicates with the older adult and the sharing of information that should be known to cause harm to the older adult. Neglect may include not providing proper nutrition and/or a proper living environment for the older adult. Financial abuse includes spending the older adults’ money or getting the older adult to give the abuser money under false pretenses—for example, the abuser says it’s needed to pay a personal debt or bill then spends it for their own use.

Elder abuse occurs in adults who are 60 years of age or older.

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