Elder Abuse in America
Sabrina Pickens*, Carmel B. Dyer
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2016
Issue: Suppl 2: M3
First Page: 188
Last Page: 193
Publisher Id: MEDJ-3-188
Article History:Received Date: 17/09/2015
Revision Received Date: 7/10/2015
Acceptance Date: 27/10/2015
Electronic publication date: 31/10/2016
Collection year: 2016
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Elder abuse is a serious social and public health issue with estimates of approximately five and a half million annual reports in the U.S. Identifying and treating abused elders is difficult due to unstandardized protocols and identification guidelines as well as a lack of public awareness to the problem. An interdisciplinary approach in collaboration with Adult Protective Services investigation is paramount to the assessment and care for mistreated elders. Educating healthcare professionals, other professions, and the lay public through social media, local news, and community education can increase awareness to this often overlooked problem.