Elder Abuse and Medical Care: A Public Health Issue

Elder Abuse as a public health issue is expected to grow as our population ages.  The health consequences of elder abuse are very serious:  declining functional abilities, increased dependency, increased sense of helplessness, increased stress, worsening psychological decline, premature mortality and morbidity, depression and dementia, malnutrition and death.   One of the few opportunities to recognize abuse may come during a visit to the doctor.  CCERAP’s January 16 training will address the opportunities and challenges within a health care setting to identify, prevent and treat elder abuse.
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