Elder Abuse and Neglect

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Essay #: 051924
Total text length is 9,430 characters (approximately 6.5 pages).

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Elder Abuse and Neglect
Elder abuse is the intentional harm or the creation of a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable older adult. It can also be defined as the failure to protect the older person from harm or the failure to satisfy their basic needs (Cohen et al 2007). Elder abuse is most frequently carried out by someone close to the person; a carer, a person in authority or a family member and it is a common and important public health problem. This essay will explore the issue and examine the signs of elder abuse, the relevant legislation, and the strategies that can be used to protect vulnerable older adults.
Elder abuse takes a number of different forms to which older people are commonly subjected. Each form of abuse has its own...
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