Elder abuse refers to any of several forms of maltreatment of an
older person by a caregiver, family member, spouse, or friend.
The 1987 Amendment to the
Older Americans Act identified three separate categories of elder abuse:
Elder abuse can include:
Abuse of elders is a
complex problem with many contributing factors. Risk factors include:
Signs and symptoms of elder
abuse vary widely depending on the type of abuse.
To report elder abuse or to get
help, call Adult Protection Services (APS) in your
October 13, 2011
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Brigid McCaw, MD, MS, MPH, FACP - Family Violence Prevention & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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