Elder Abuse In The Community

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Elder Abuse within the Community As Canada’s population grows, the number of senior citizens will outnumber the younger population. This increase will put family members, relatives, spouses/partners, and/or friends into caregiver positions. This new responsibility may inflict a great deal of stress on untrained and unprepared caregivers. Elder abuse may be the end result of incompetent caregivers. The purpose of this essay is to explore elder abuse within the community. It will differentiate four common forms of abuse which are neglect, physical harm, emotional abuse and financial exploitation and their negative effect on healthy aging. It will address the nurse’s role in abuse prevention and protection within the context of CNO’s…show more content…
This evidence proves that elder abuse is increasing in Canada. “For those over 65, 47 out of every 100,000 women were violently assaulted by a family member, according to 2005 statistics. For men over the age of 65, the figure was 36 cases per 100,000” (Walsh et al., 2011, p.20). This evidence demonstrates that more senior women are being abused than senior men. The most common perpetrators of elder abuse were “adult children (15 per 100,000 cases) or a current or former spouse (13 per 100,000)” in 2009 (Walsh et al., 2011, p.20). Abuse of seniors is an important issue to address especially within the community where it is difficult to detect. From statistics, it should be recognized that adult children and spouses are the most common perpetrators and elderly women are the most common…show more content…
I believe the CNO’s educational program, One Is One Too Many, should be a mandatory part of educational curriculums and should be completed within nursing theory courses. It increases “nurses’ knowledge of client abuse and what to do about it. The program focuses on helping nurses recognize warning signs and informs them of their obligation to speak out about abuse by others” (CNO, 2011). Nurses should always assess and screen all their patients for any signs or risk factors of abuse and if abuse is suspected he/she should do an ongoing assessment to make sure the patient is

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