What is Elder Abuse?
The World Health Organization defines elder abuse as “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.”
Elder Abuse Takes Many Terrible Forms
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When a responsible caregiver fails to meet the medical, social, or psychological needs of an older adult.
Physical Elder Abuse
When violence, force, or the threat of force is used to harm an older person.
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Elder Financial Abuse / Exploitation
When someone takes money or property from an older person without their knowledge, understanding or consent.
Psychological Elder Abuse
When someone attempts to intimidate, demean, or belittle an older person with words or actions.
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Elder Sexual Abuse
When someone forces unwanted sexual contact on an older adult.
Nursing Home Abuse
When any of form of elder abuse occurs in an institutional setting such as a nursing home.
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We support ground breaking research that seeks to prevent, detect, and treat elder abuse that occurs in community or nursing home settings.
We support the creation of innovative programs for communities, hospitals, and nursing homes to serve elder abuse victims and the people who care about them, and we provide technical support to communities who want to replicate them.
We educate both the public and professionals on the epidemic of elder abuse and what they can do to prevent or intervene in this most recently recognized form of interpersonal violence.
We advocate for evidence-based policies to combat elder abuse in several ways, including testimony before governmental bodies and the publication of important papers intended to help legislators and policy makers.