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Elder Abuse


Overview & Objectives

It is estimated that over 65% of elder abuse is committed by family members, and only one out of every five cases of elder abuse is identified and reported. These statistics will worsen as the “boomer generation” grows older unless healthcare providers and communities are proactive in preventing and reporting elder abuse. This module contains elder abuse statistics in the United States and lists the most common types and signs of elder abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, neglect, financial, abandonment, self-neglect), as well as the characteristics of abusers. It includes prevention, reporting, and national resources for obtaining information in each state. The learning objectives for this module include:

  • Discuss the statistics of elder abuse in the U.S.
  • Review the purpose of the Elder Justice Act
  • List the types of elder abuse
  • Describe the signs of various types of elder abuse
  • Discuss the characteristics of abusers
  • Review methods for preventing and reporting elder abuse


  • Learning Module
  • Module Extra: Power & Control Wheel
  • Test Questions
  • Instructor Answer Key
  • Attendance Sheet
  • Evaluation Form
  • Certificate of Attendance