Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

2013 Edition
| Editors: Marc D. Gellman, J. Rick Turner

Abuse, Elder

  • Terry FulmerEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9_78



The National Research Council defines elder mistreatment as “intentional actions that cause harm or create a serious risk of harm (whether or not harm is intended) to a vulnerable elder by a caregiver or other person who stands in a trust relationship to the elder or failure by a caregiver to satisfy the elder’s basic needs or to protect the elder from harm” (Bonnie & Wallace, 2003, p. 40).


EM may occur in the community setting (domestic EM) or in institutional settings, such as nursing homes and adult family homes. In the United States, data about EM among community-dwelling, vulnerable older adults suggest that victimization will rise from 1.25 million in 2010 to 2.2 million in 2030 based on the aging demographics of America. Further, it is estimated that for every case of EM that is reported, more than five cases go unreported (Tatara, 1997). This means that there will be over 6.6 million unreported cases by 2020 and over 11.7...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bouvé College of Health SciencesNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA