On the other hand, here’s what we DO have:
So what’s it going to take? Can we really prevent abuse and neglect? What if each of us behaves just a little bit differently and prevents one older adult from being abused each year? Unified in this goal, we can prevent tens of thousands of elder abuse cases in one year alone. Here’s how I’m going to behave just a little bit differently: I will ask at least two patients a week about the risk of abuse in their home. I’ll ask if there is a history of family violence, if they feel threatened or afraid of someone, if someone is using their money without their permission, and if there’s something I can do to help them feel safer. What are some other ways to adjust our behaviors and prevent elder abuse and neglect?
Yes, indeed, I’m hopeful because I believe we can prevent elder abuse and neglect. I’ve made my pledge to work harder toward this goal. Will you join me?
National Center on Elder Abuse
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Tools and Tips
Ageless Alliance United Against Elder Abuse
- Laura Mosqueda, MD
About the Author: Laura Mosqueda, MD is a widely respected authority on geriatric and family medicine, elder abuse, and care of the elderly and underserved. She is the Director of the National Center on Elder Abuse and the Chair and Professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. She likes cats.