Abuse of the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities Please Hear our Cry (The Silent Cry)
Authors: Bernice Roberts Kennedy, PhD
Publisher: BRK Global Healthcare Consulting Firm, LLC
Year Published: 2013 (Revised 2015, Revised 2020)
Format: Paper Perfect Bound Booklet
Elder abuse is the maltreatment of an older adult by family or caretakers. It may include physical and sexual abuse, psychological abuse, neglect, self-neglect, financial exploitation, and denial of adequate medical treatment. In general, elder abuse is a term referring to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. As people live longer, the stress and strain of caregiving will make the families more prone to elder abuse. Also, family abuse may be evidence in providing care for a disabled family member. Numerous incidents of elderly and abuse disabled persons are reported each year. Many people who are abused are older, frail, and vulnerable and unable to help themselves, and depend on others to take care of their basic needs. Abusers of older adults are women and men, and maybe family members, friends, or “trusted others. The focus of this book is on elder abuse and abuse of disabled persons by family members. This book addressed the coping skills of caregivers and strategies for preventing abuse and neglect in this group.