Elder Abuse and Neglect

A Comprehensive Guide to the Literature for Personal Injury Lawyers

Publisher: Medifocus Legal
Publication Date: July 11, 2021
Number of Pages: 113
In the United States, an estimated 10% of older adults experience abuse or neglect by a caregiver each year. The National Center on Elder Abuse defines elder abuse as intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or trusted individual that lead to, or may lead to, harm of a vulnerable elder. Most often, elder abuse occurs in domestic home situations and is typically perpetrated by family members, caregivers, or an associate of the victim.

In general, elder abuse is classified into one or more of the following categories:
  • Physical - intentional infliction of pain or injury.
  • Financial - exploitation by the illegal or improper use of an elderly person's funds or resources.
  • Psychological - intentional infliction of mental anguish.
  • Neglect or Abandonment - Intentional or unintentional refusal or failure of a designated caregiver to meet the required needs of an older person's well-being.
  • Sexual - Unwanted sexual advances or non-consentual sexual contact.

The literature describes several risk factors that are associated with elder abuse or neglect:
  • Female gender - Older women are more likely to be victims than older men.
  • Shared living environment - living with a large number of household members other than a spouse has been linked to an increased risk of both physical and financial abuse.
  • Cognitive deficits - elderly people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease are at particular risk for financial abuse.
  • Isolation and a lack of social support

  • Functional impairment and poor physical health increase the risk of elder abuse, irrespective of the underlying cause of these limitations.

Beyond the obvious physical trauma which victims may experience, elder abuse is associated with a range of negative consequences, including:
  • Increased risk of death even after statistically adjusting for other underlying comorbid conditions that victims may have.
  • Increased likelihood of placement in a nursing home.
  • Increased risk of hospitalization.
  • Increased risk of psychological deficits, such as anxiety disorder and depression.

The MediFocus Literature Guide to Elder Abuse and Neglect captures a vast body of literature published in well-respected journals regarding this important issue. This comprehensive literature Guide consists of over 130 hand-selected articles published in peer-reviewed journals with links to the article abstracts and includes FREE online access to the full-text version of 30 articles. The Guide will serve as a valuable addition to the library of all personal injury attorneys involved in litigating elder abuse cases.
Elder Abuse and Neglect is a one-of-a-kind literature reference Guide that includes:

  • A comprehensive bibliography of 134 journal article references indexed in MEDLINE published in well respected medical and scientific journals.
  • Online access to the abstracts (summaries) of the articles.
  • Online access to the free full-text version of 30 articles.
  • Links to full-text sources of other articles that are available for purchase directly from individual journal publishers.
  • A unique "Author Directory" consisting of the names and institutional affiliations of experts who have published and have specialized knowledge about Elder Abuse and Neglect. The "Author Directory" is a valuable resource for quickly identifying and locating experts for case reviews, opinions, and testimony.

Select examples of topics that are covered by the articles referenced in this Guidebook include:

  • Identifying Injury Patterns Associated With Physical Elder Abuse: Analysis of Legally Adjudicated Cases.
  • Elderly Sexual Abuse: An Examination of the Criminal Event.
  • The prevalence of elder abuse in institutional settings: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
  • Consequences of Elder Abuse and Neglect: A Systematic Review of Observational Studies.
  • Acute Precipitants of Physical Elder Abuse: Qualitative Analysis of Legal Records From Highly Adjudicated Cases.
  • Medico-legal aspects of deaths related to neglect and abandonment in the elderly.
  • Preventing elder abuse and neglect in geriatric institutions: Solutions from nursing care providers.
  • Physical abuse against elderly persons in institutional settings.
  • Elder abuse in residential long-term care: an update to the 2003 National Research Council report.
  • Prevention and early identification of elder abuse.
  • Common presentations of elder abuse in health care settings.
  • Elder abuse in assisted living.
  • Injury patterns and causal mechanisms of bruising in physical elder abuse.
  • Perceptions of institutional elder neglect in civil court.
  • Nursing home social services directors and elder abuse staff training.
  • Physical abuse of older adults in nursing homes.
  • Where elder abuse and the justice system collide: police power, parens patriae, and 12 recommendations.
  • Elder abuse and mistreatment: results from medicare claims data.
  • Evidence-Based Practice Guideline: Elder Abuse Prevention.
  • Using clinical signs of neglect to identify elder neglect cases.
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