225934 Elder Mistreatment and the Public's Health

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Pamela B. Teaster, PhD , Graduate Center for Gerontology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
An ever-increasing population of older adults indicates that, unless the problem of elder mistreatment is slowed or resolved, the problem will be on the increase. Similar to the abuse of children and to younger adults, elders have been abused throughout history, but never before has the topic reached the attention of broad systems and disciplines such as the justice system, the medical system, the social work system, and the academic community. Each approaches the issue of elder mistreatment differently, although some remedies converge. The purpose of this presentation is to provide a backdrop against which to understand the issue of elder mistreatment as well as to present the most salient types of research and practice projects that are currently being undertaken in the United States. The discussion will include entities and projects that established the foundation for current research and practice as well as highly important current projects that are being conducted. Their particular contribution to the knowledge and practice base on the topic will be emphasized.

Learning Areas:
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe historic and current efforts related to elder mistreatment research and practice.

Keywords: Aging, Vulnerable Populations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over 10 years of experience in researching elder mistreatment and have published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and reports.
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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