Elder Abuse in America

Sabrina Pickens*, Carmel B. Dyer
University of Texas health Science Center-Houston School of Nursing 6901 Bertner Ave Houston, TX, 77030, USA

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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.

Keywords: Abandonment, Abuse, Elder abuse, Neglect, Older adults.