Elder Abuse: A Decade of Shame and Inaction

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DIANE Publishing, Oct 1, 1995 - 88 pages
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Covers: How Are Elders Abused? (case histories, physical abuse and neglect, financial abuse, psychological abuse, self-neglect, sexual abuse, and violation of rights); Theories For Why Abuse Occurs; Survey of the State Human Services Dept. and Adult Protective Service Workers; Federal and State Efforts to Identify and Prevent Elder Abuse (1978-1990); Policy Recommendations; and Appendix (Directory of Officials Responsible for adult Protective Services and Elder Abuse). Photos and charts.

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Page 24 - The Aging Committee files are filled with examples of relatives who have taken the property of the elderly and converted it to their own use. Sometimes this has been accomplished by force or through the use of weapons. In other instances, it has been accomplished by stealth, through deceit and fraud. As...
Page 85 - Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Division of Family and Youth Services Box H-05 Juneau, AK 99811 To make reports in-state, ask the operator for Zenith 4444.
Page 29 - What is new and surprising is that the American family and the American home are perhaps as or more violent than any other single American institution or setting (with the exception of the military, and only then in time of war). Americans run the greatest risk of assault, physical injury, and even murder in their own homes by members of their own families.
Page 66 - Therefore, in order to help the States and stimulate them to improve their own statutes and the protections they offer...
Page 68 - It recognized that violence within the family often is much more complex in causes and solutions than crimes committed by unknown attackers. Because of this realization, the President's task force recommended that a separate study be undertaken to give this problem the individualized consideration it requires, as you are fully aware.
Page xii - Subcommittee over the decade provided the Subcommittee with hundreds of examples of elder abuse which typify situations they encounter on a daily basis. Physical violence, including negligence, and financial abuse appear to remain the most common forms of abuse, followed by abrogation of basic constitutional rights and psychological abuse.
Page xii - ... percent were not and the remainder were inconclusive. This suggests that complaints of a frivolous nature are not a common phenomenon. The likely abuser will undoubtedly be experiencing great stress. Alcoholism, drug addiction, marital problems and long-term financial difficulties all play a part in bringing a person to abuse his or her parents. The son of the victim is the most likely abuser accounting for about 21 percent of all instances, followed by the daughter of the victim in about 17...
Page 31 - ... families where there is little or no closeness of a relationship between the adult children and their parents, a sudden appearance of a dependent elderly parent can precipitate stress and frustration without the love and friendship necessary to counteract the new responsibilities of adult children. Having lived independently for a large part of their lives, often at a great distance, emotionally or geographically, from their children, elderly persons who reunite with their offspring may be resented...
Page 80 - Subcommittee on Health and Long-Term Care US House Select Committee on Aging...
Page xi - The Subcommittee found that abuse of the elderly is increasing nationally. About 4 percent of the Nation's elderly may be victims of abuse from moderate to severe. To put this another way, about one out of every 25 older Americans, or more than 1.1 million persons, may be victims of such abuse each year.

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