Elder abuse and neglect receives the least attention, when compared with child abuse and intimate partner violence in terms of funding and research, despite significant prevalence with at least 10 % of community elders being victimized in the past year. Abuse results in increased mortality, morbidity, and robs the victim of quality of life. It is imperative for all sectors of society including the elderly, healthcare providers, the public, policymakers, law enforcement, and those in the legal and financial sectors to be educated regarding a role in responding to this societal problem. Much can be learned from successful educational and training programs in the child abuse and intimate partner violence domains. The National Center on Elder abuse and Neglect is rich in educational resources. Efforts to educate the public have been launched by national institutions such as AARP and the popular press—Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and national television programs. Elements of a successful educational or training program include acknowledging the context where the abuse is encountered: clinic, nursing home, or the bank; adapting the program to the participants being educated, recognizing that one size does not fit all, and also sensitivity to cultural and community factors. Educators ideally need to be experts in their field. An interdisciplinary emphasis, which is case-based with adequate time for discussion and debate with follow up for reinforcement, should be emphasized.
KeywordsElder abuse Neglect Training Education Recognition
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