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Elder abuse 

Elder abuse
Elder abuse

Peter Crome

and Amit Arora

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date: 15 June 2021

The problem of elder abuse is still underreported and underrecognized in many cases. This chapter discusses various definitions of elder abuse and key issues related to this serious problem including barriers which prevent vulnerable older people seeking help. This chapter also examines the role of health professionals in early identification and management of elder abuse. It also explores some of the indicators of elder abuse which can help non-clinicians identify older people at risk of harm. This chapter describes the current procedure for management of elder abuse in England and some other countries. It also covers information about laws in relation to elder abuse. Support services and non-governmental organizations are an important resource for helping abused person and their role is described briefly in this chapter.

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