Elder Abuse Essay

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| BN606 Mental Health | Option 1 | 0737642 5/19/2011 | Introduction This report will examine the incidence and prevalence of mental health needs/issues that are common in late adulthood (over 65 years) and aim to identify the potential impact of these issues on the consumer and his/her family. This report also discusses the therapeutic approach that is available for these mental health needs or issues. Late adulthood is the last phase of the lifespan and this is the stage in life where a person faces a number of physical, psychosocial and cognitive changes (Kozier, Erb, Berman, Burke, 2000). Because of this inescapable pathology of human development, older people are likely to either become dependent on others or consider this stage in life as a period of personal fulfilment and freedom (Bowling, 2005). Task One The total population of over 65 years old in New Zealand is 15% which is 580,600 and because of the long life expectancy of this age group, it is assumed to double by year 2031 (“Census of population and dwellings”, 2011). The New Zealand Ministry of Health have identified common mental health issues on this age group; these are elder abuse and neglect (Fallon, 2006). World Health Organisation defines elder abuse as “Abuse of an older person is any behaviour that causes physical, psychological, financial, or social harm to an older person” (Nay, & Garratt, 2010 p.310) Likewise, elder neglect as described by Age Concern New Zealand as “failure of another person or family to perform behaviours which are a reasonable obligation of their relationship to the older person and are warranted by the older person’s unmet needs” (“World Elder Abuse Awareness Day”, 2011) Elder abuse and neglect are by far the most common mental health issues that the ageing group has been experiencing not only in New Zealand but across the world. Age Concern

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