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Because the elderly are often dependent on others for their care, they can be targets for abuse, neglect and exploitation. Further, because victims of elder mistreatment rarely seek help or report the problem, it falls on care givers to always be on the lookout for abuse of any kind. In this course we will discuss common types of abuse faced by the elderly and discuss the importance of awareness, the first step in the prevention of this type of abuse.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
-Discuss the scope of the problem
-Classify the different types of elder abuse and recognize the signs that indicate each type
-Identify risk factors for abuse of the elderly
-Describe the outcomes of elder abuse and identify methods to prevent abuse of the elderly
-Analyze what needs to be reported
-Describe the historical basis for elder law and identify the nine basic rights of the elderly
-Compare and contrast various legal documents