Advancing the field of elder abuse: future directions and policy implications

 

Author(s)Dong, Xin Qi
Title Advancing the field of elder abuse: future directions and policy implications
Source Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, November 2012, Vol 60, No 11, pp 2151-2156
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary In this article the author examines the functions of the Administration on Community Living (ACL) agency and key federal legislation, the Older Americans Act (OAA) and the Elder Justice Act (EJA). The OAA authorises the ACL to delegate a person responsible for elder abuse prevention and services, to establish and operate the National Ombudsman Resource Centre and operate the National Center on Elder Abuse. Future research directions are discussed in detail, including, the need for national longitudinal studies, for example, studying the relationship between the decline in cognitive function and the risk of elder abuse; the effect of psychological decline on the risk of elder abuse and the effect of elder abuse on psychological distress; and, research on the morbidity and mortality associated with subtypes of elder abuse. The author suggests that funding needs to be increased to support the research, and systematic education and training is urgently needed in the relevant fields.
Keywords Elder abuse; elder mistreatment; legislation; ACL; OAA; research; cognitive functions; dementia; longitudinal studies
Topic Elder abuse