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Neglect of the elderly is commonly called elder abuse and elder abuseis a big problem in the United States of America Elder abuse is theabuse and neglect of a person over the age of sixty years or olderElder abuse Definitions nd Each year there is five hundredthousand adults over the age of sixty are believed to be abused orfinancially exploited each year Elder abuse prevention nd As thereare multiple forms of abuse three forms of abuse that will be focusedon are physical psychological and financial exploitation coveringwhat the definition of the abuse is how to recognize who could performthe abuse and who could recognize the abusePhysical abuse is the harming of an elder or a person over the age ofsixty is when he or she is injured assaulted or threatened with aweapon or restrained inappropriately Elder abuse Definitions ndThis can occur when a person over the age of sixty is harmed by hands insuch a way of being hit slapped burned or with a weapon for instanceclub knife stick gun or any other object that could be considered asa weapon Elder abuse Definitions nd One could recognize sings ofphysical abuse by noticing bruises burns cuts and more seriousinjuries such as broken bones physical changes confusion and overmedicated Center for Advocacy For The Rights and Interests of TheElderly CARIE 2008 These types of injuries could be at the hands offamily members nurses cohabiters or caregivers These actions couldbe intentional or unintentional The abuse could be a result of thecaregiver being unable to cope with the stress depressed lack of helpfrom potential caregivers the caregiver being over burdened withoutreward or substance abuse Robinson de Benedictis Segal 2013 Thepersons that could recognize physical abuse is family members doctorsnurses emergency medical services staff church members anyone thatknows the individual and could recognize changes Psychological abuse is the threat of injury unreasonable confinementpunishment and verbal humiliation to include yelling screaming and theuse of derogatory language towards a person over
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