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Understanding elder abuse : fact sheet, 2013
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    Why is elder abuse a public health problem? -- How does elder abuse affect health? -- Who is at risk for elder abuse? -- How can we prevent elder abuse? -- How does CDC approach elder abuse prevention? -- Where can I learn more? – References.

    Elder abuse includes several types of violence that occur among those ages 60 and older. The violence usually occurs at the hands of a caregiver or a person the elder trusts. Six frequently recognized types of elder abuse include: Physical—This occurs when an elder is injured as a result of hitting, kicking, pushing, slapping, burning, or other show of force; Sexual—This involves forcing an elder to take part in a sexual act when the elder does not or cannot consent; Emotional—This refers to behaviors that harm an elder’s self-worth or emotional well being. Examples include name calling, scaring, embarrassing, destroying property, or not letting the elder see friends and family; Neglect—This is the failure to meet an elder’s basic needs. These needs include food, housing, clothing, and medical care. Abandonment—This happens when a caregiver leaves an elder alone and no longer provides care for him or her. Financial—This is illegally misusing an elder’s money, property, or assets.

    CDC-INFO Pub ID 999588

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