Module E: Prevalence, Assessments and Interventions in Elder Abuse

CE Credits: 2.25

 

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Elder abuse is increasingly common. Every year, an estimated 4 million older Americans are victims. Still, such abuse is misunderstood. This module explores the realities of this issue, and the ways that case managers can help. The module begins by looking at how the status of elders has shifted over the centuries, the persisting myths about the elderly (that they are unproductive, or unable to adapt), the impact of abuse on elders (such as shorter life spans) and the demographic shifts among the elderly. Next, the module looks at the various professionals in positions to spot elder abuse (from ED doctors to pharmacists), the different manifestations of elder abuse (such as physical abuse or financial exploitation) and the features of interventions (including referrals to community-based resources). Finally, the module details the laws that CMs should know, including state laws and the federal Elder Justice Act (EJA).

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Learning objectives: After completing this module case managers will be able to:
» Discuss societal attitudes and their impact on the treatment of elders
» Describe the prevalence, demographics and economics
» Identify transdisciplinary and cross-sector interactions and participation
» Discuss the dynamics of an intermingled pattern of neglect and coercive and abusive behaviors
» Discuss prevention and interventions
» Describe elder abuse laws and reporting requirements

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Advance your professional practice: Given our one-on-one interactions with senior patients, case managers are positioned to help screen for violence and to educate elder abuse survivors on available resources and support.

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Improve organizational performance: Elder abuse can lead to emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations for senior patients—as well as shorter life spans, even in the absence of chronic disease. When our team members are adept at spotting signs of elder abuse, we can help seniors avoid detrimental hospitalizations and improve their quality of life.