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What is elder abuse?

the infliction of physical or mental injury; or the deprivation of food, shelter, clothing, or services necessary to maintain the physical or mental health of an older person or persons with a developmental disability with lawful authority.


At what age are you considered an elder/senior citizen?

What is a vulnerable adult?

Considered and elder/senor citizen 60YO and up

Vulnerable adult is a person age 60 or older (& 18YO or older with disability) who is being abused neglected or exploited.


Risk factors of Victims of Elder abuse?

What are some barriers to reporting elder abuse?

age, social isolation, extreme dependence and failty, severe mental and/or physical illness, female gender, low to modest financial resources

-protecting the abuser
-social isolation
-inability to report


-physical abuse
-behavioral abuse

Physical: physical force that results in bodily injury, pain, or impairment. Includes assault, battery, and inappropriate restraint.

Behavioral: delay between onset of injury and seeking medical care. Victims are often taken to different medical facilities for tx.


What is domestic violence?

Why do people hoard?

what is financial exploitation?

is an escalating pattern of violence or intimidation by an intimate partner, which is used to gain power and control.

-extreme emotional attachment
-difficulty with decision making
-fear of making a mistake

Financial exploitation:
-illegal or improper use of an older persons funds, property or resources.


What are some factors that may affect mental capacity?

What is polyvictimization?

illness or dz

treatable factors:
-poor nutrition
-medication interaction
-sleep deprivation

-Time of day

Polyvictimization: exposure to multiple types of violence or victimization


when is gaurdianship utilized?

utilized when a person can no longer make or communicate safe or sound decisions about his/her person and/or property or has become susceptible to fraud or undue influence.

(Make medical decisions in the best interest of the patient)