Elderly Abuse

by tasiags on March 31, 2014 - 9:27am

The article “Advancing the Field of Elder Abuse: Future Directions and Policy Implications” by XinQi Dong (2012) tackles the social issue of elder abuse while underlying the importance of certain associations and legislations in the United States. The author also presents recommendations in order to better the understanding of elder abuse, which includes “psychological, physical, and sexual abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation” (2151).  Elder abuse has now become a global social concern as recent findings claim “at least one in 10 older adults experiences some form of elder abuse and many in repeated forms” and associated consequences include “emergency department visits, hospitalization, nursing home placement, and premature mortality” (2151). 

Dong emphasizes the importance of the Administration on Community Living (ACL) as it improves the network system of community-based and home services in order to help the elderlies preserve their independence and wellbeing at their homes. He also mentions the prominence of the Older Americans Act (OAA) as well as the Elder Justice Act (EJA). Both acts are federal legislations that are meant to combat, prevent, protect, and identify elderly abuse, as well as sponsor, fund, assist, support, and provide guidance, services, training, and programs for the benefit of the elderlies. Finally, in order to halt this alarming social issue, Dong suggests the need for additional research studies and analyses to better understand the setting, context, relationship, offenders’ traits, risks, consequences, and costs of elderly abuse. Additionally, he highlights the importance for the “unification and standardization of State APS Database” in order to better protect the victims of such issues, as well as the need for improved examination, intervention, and prevention strategies to assist the victims of elderly abuse. The need for additional funding and investigation is also one of the author’s recommendations, as he claims it would broaden and develop the study of elderly abuse.


Work Cited: Dong, XinQi. "Advancing The Field Of Elder Abuse: Future Directions And Policy Implications."Journal Of The American Geriatrics Society 60.11 (2012): 2151-2156. Academic Search Premier. Web. 30 Mar. 2014.

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