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Elder abuse 

Elder abuse
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Elder abuse
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Jill Manthorpe

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199644957.003.0059
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date: 23 November 2017

Old age psychiatrists will encounter situations of elder abuse in their practice. Whatever their work and professional policies they will need to think the unthinkable and to provide leadership to teams and across services. Asking and observing what is happening are key elements of their role. There is further need to work collaboratively to support older people at risk and to empower then by fostering or sustaining resilience. Old age psychiatrists can assist in prevention and in the building of supportive communities. They have a key role to play in furthering research and the creation of effective interventions for perpetrators. Their engagement with staff and residents in care homes may prevent poor practice and diminish opportunities for abuse and neglect.

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