Elder Abuse: Curbing a National Epidemic : Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Health and Long-Term Care of the Select Committee on Aging, House of Representatives, One Hundred First Congress, Second Session, Cleveland Ohio, December 10, 1990

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Page 12 - Yet somehow our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is in the way that it cares for its helpless members.
Page 55 - abuse' means the willful— "(A) infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or cruel punishment with resulting physical harm or pain or mental anguish; or "(B) deprivation by a caretaker of goods or services which are necessary to avoid physical harm, mental anguish, or mental illness.
Page 55 - neglect' means the failure to provide for oneself the goods or services which are necessary to avoid physical harm, mental anguish, or mental illness or the failure of a caretaker to provide such goods or services.
Page 41 - ... family or caregiver, for care and protection. A profile of the elder abuser also emerges. The likely abuser will usually be experiencing great stress. Alcoholism, drug addiction, marital problems and long-term financial difficulties all play a role in bringing a person to abuse his or her parents. The son of the victim is the most likely abuser, followed by the daughter of the victim. It is interesting to note that the abuser, in many cases, was abused by the parents as a child. The Subcommittee...
Page 55 - Exploitation" means the unlawful or improper act of a caretaker using an adult or his resources for monetary or personal benefit, profit, or gain. (H) "In need of protective services...
Page 10 - Secretary, it is good to see you again. I apologize for the fact that I am going to have to leave before long.
Page 55 - Protective services may include, but are not limited to, case work services, medical care, mental health services, legal services, fiscal management, home health care, homemaker services, housing-related services, guardianship services, and placement services as well as the provision of such commodities as food, clothing, and shelter.
Page 47 - And I am very pleased to be here this morning and I appreciate the invitation to speak before you.
Page 9 - ... that, in 1989, the States estimated that roughly 1 in 8 cases of elder abuse was reported, a significant jump from the Subcommittee's 1985 estimate that 1 in 5 cases was reported. Elder abuse, then, is becoming even more of a hidden problem than in past years. The lack of meaningful State or Federal programs and funding, coupled with the rapid growth of America's elderly population, is a prescription for even greater disaster than now exists. Elder abuse will not simply go away. Swift and determined...

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