A Road Map to Elder Abuse

Elder Care Issues

 

Curriculum aims to help prevent elder abuse, signs of which include neglect and financial, emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

Curriculum aims to help prevent elder abuse, signs of which include neglect and financial, emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

One in 10 Americans over the age of 60 has experienced elder abuse or neglect, and people with dementia are at higher risk for abuse, reports the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

To help prevent elder abuse, a new online resource, called the Elder Justice Roadmap, was created with support from HHS and the Department of Justice.

The road map is an online curriculum designed to teach legal aid and other civil attorneys how to identify and respond to elder abuse, which is an emerging health, justice, financial and social crisis, reports the Department of Justice.

According to the new online resource’s fact sheet, signs of elder abuse include neglect, financial abuse/exploitation, psychological/emotional abuse and physical/sexual abuse.