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Elder Abuse

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the causes and types of elder abuse; professional responsibilities related to reporting, documenting, and intervening in cases of suspected abuse; and action steps to prevent elder abuse.
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Older adults today are vibrant, independent, living longer, and in better health than their ancestors. However, as this growing population increases, so does the issue of caring for elderly individuals. Caregivers must often cope with stressful economic and personal burdens when caring for the elderly who pay the price for this stress and may be abused, exploited, or neglected.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the prevalence of elder abuse in the United States.
  • Define elder abuse.
  • Describe the three categories of elder abuse.
  • Describe the six types of elder abuse, including the signs and symptoms of each type.
  • State the health care provider's responsibility for assessing, documenting, and reporting suspected cases of elder abuse.
  • State the professional and legal issues relevant to the health care provider and elder abuse.
  • Describe actions that can be taken to prevent elder abuse.

Barbara, 85 years old, lost her husband last year. Because of her own diabetes and arthritis, she had to move in with her 56-year-old daughter, Janice, who has a daughter in college, a full-time job, and a husband who was recently laid off from his job. Janice caught herself yelling at her mother and accusing her of ruining her life. Recently, she lost her temper and slapped her mother. Janice has felt frightened, alone, trapped, and ashamed, and she does not know how to get help.

Every individual deserves to be treated with respect and caring, regardless of age. Old age, or the later years of life, should be a time of relaxation and enjoyment. Older adults today are more visible, active, and independent than ever before. They are living longer and are in better health than their predecessors. But for some older adults, it is a time of fear. Instead of enjoying themselves, some elders have a terrible secret, hidden from the outside world behind drawn curtains and closed doors. These elders are victims of elder abuse. It happens in all communities, among every race, socioeconomic group, culture, and religion. It happens in “nice” families and in those families that are not so nice.

THE PREVALENCE OF ABUSE

Many Americans were shocked when legendary 90-year-old actor Mickey Rooney testified before the Senate in 2010 about alleged abuse he’d suffered at the hands of a family member. He appeared well dressed and alert as he shared a horrific story about loss and betrayal. This testimony came right after socialite Brooke Astor’s story came out, detailing physical neglect and financial exploitation by her wealthy and well-respected son (Sheehan, 2011). Elder abuse is not restricted to those who are poor, uneducated, or without a home. The issue has gained national and international attention as advocates push to assure that the public is conscious of its far-reaching scope, of its increasing incidence and damaging effects.

Most older adults function in their communities and in their lives without suffering abuse. They receive loving and devoted care from their families. They are active, more visible, and more independent than generations before. While it is still the exception, elder abuse in the United States today is a greater problem than most people realize.

Age alone can place someone at risk for abuse. One reason for this is that, at a minimum, older people are stigmatized and socially excluded in most Western societies. Age and wisdom are not valued, while youth is celebrated. Elder abuse may be related to a disdain for aging, society’s rejection of the elderly, and an ingrained belief that older adults are a burden. This ageism robs older adults of power and makes them vulnerable to abuse. In the United States, for example, the legal system fails to protect elderly people against consumer fraud, and many health services and social programs for older adults lack adequate funding as compared to programs for children and youth (Walsh, Olson, Ploeg, Lohfeld, & MacMillan, 2011). As the aging population continues to grow disproportionately to the services and caregivers available, and since aging individuals often have physical, mental, and financial vulnerabilities, the risk for elder abuse also increases (Bernardo, 2014).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
AOTA CEUs:

0.2

Practice Level:

Intermediate

Content Focus:

Domain of OT

Course Expires:

March 18, 2021

Instructor(s):
  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.

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