273374 Positioning elder financial abuse within the ecological model

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 11:15 AM - 11:35 AM

Pamela Teaster, PhD , Department of Health Behavior, University of Kentucky, Lexington
By 2030, the population of older adults is projected to be approximately 20% of the population. Likely with it is a concomitant rise in the mistreatment of individuals in this population, one such type being that of elder financial abuse. In 2010, The annual financial loss by victims of elder financial abuse is estimated to be at least $2.9 billion dollars, a 12% increase from the $2.6 billion estimated in 2008. This form of abuse can occur in isolation, but it is also the precursor to other forms of abuse, such as physical or emotional/verbal abuse. This presentation uses the Ecological Model and an actual case of abuse reported in the media and illustrates how elder financial abuse affects the individual elder (micro level) through to policy, ethics, and resource allocation (macro level).

Learning Objectives:
Explain the scope of elder financial abuse. Discuss the ramifications of elder financial abuse on a multiplicity of levels, using the framework of the Ecological Model. Explain how to imbed elder financial abuse within a health behavior approach.

Keywords: Elderly, Violence

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a researcher and practitioner who specializes in topics on elder abuse and neglect. I am currently Director, Justice Center for Elders and Vulnerable Adults, President, Kentucky Guardianship Association, and a Board Member, National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.
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.