225887 Elder Abuse: The Nexus Between Public Health and Social Justice

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 12:45 PM - 1:00 PM

Pamela B. Teaster, PhD , Graduate Center for Gerontology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
The issue of elder mistreatment fits easily into a public health agenda. It involves population health and affects not only a growing population of elders but also their families, as well as the health of future generations. It also involves social justice, as the topic often involves individuals with vulnerabilities, including cognitive impairment, multiple jeopardizes, ageism, and sexism. This symposium involves an array of issues that dominate in this field: its history and development as a public health issue and the major findings of notable research and practice that undergirds intervention and prevention efforts (Teaster, Elder Mistreatment and the Public's Health), a discussion of the largest prevalence study conducted to date (Acierno, The National Elder Mistreatment Study), health communications efforts and their efficacy (Whittier, Social Marketing Efforts Related to Elder Maltreatment), and identification of abuse through bruising patterns (Sheridan, Bruising Patterns Indicating Elder Mistreatment). We conclude the symposium with future directions for public health researchers and practitioners as they confront the issue of elder mistreatment (Teaster).

Learning Areas:
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related education
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe and discuss the issue of elder mistreatment and its relationship to public health research and practice.

Keywords: Aging, Violence Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have conducted numerous studies and presentations on the topic in the past 10 years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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