Preventing Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is a significant public health problem. Each year, hundreds of thousands of adults over the age of 60 are abused, neglected, or financially exploited. Elder abuse, including neglect and exploitation, is experienced by 1 out of every 10 people, ages 60 and older, who live at home. This statistic is likely an underestimate because many victims are unable or afraid to disclose or report the violence.

The following six types of maltreatment occur among persons over the age of 60.

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Neglect
  • Abandonment
  • Financial abuse

 

 

Shiningcare’s Gatekeeper Program: Working to Prevent Elder Abuse

Gatekeeper Program educates businesses and organizations who have regular contact with older adult customers to notice and identify seniors who are potentially at risk.

A major component of the training includes abuse and fraud prevention.

 

These trained Gatekeepers then connect at-risk elders to the necessary for safety health and the highest level of independence. A large component of the training as well as the support services to the elder provides financial abuse prevention measures.

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