The intention of the series on elder abuse is to draw attention to crimes against elderly people.
The elder abuses are Sexual Abuse, Physical Abuse, Financial Abuse, Neglect abuse, Psychological abuse, Emotional Abuse, Coercion abuse, Material abuse.
Based on the frequency and the enormity of the crimes, elder abuse needs our attention, requires a thorough understanding, and the application of concerted efforts to deal with it.
If these are achieved, fighting the plague or reducing considerably its frequency will be easy.
Remember who are the victims of the crimes – elderly fathers, mothers, uncles, aunts, etc.; in short, all elderly citizens are targets.
This crime does not respect the socioeconomic class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.
For my part to end this evil or reduce it to the barest minimum, I am starting a blog (series) on elder abuse.
I’m going to discuss each form of elder abuse separately and provide all the information that needs to be known about it, hoping the knowledge provided will help in the fight against elder abuse.
Meanwhile, I have written a piece, a general knowledge of the main twelve forms here.
In this project, there will be twelve blog posts. Each post will detail one crime
We need to have a clear understanding of elder abuse – what is/not elder abuse. Any crime directed only on senior citizens, taking advantage of the conditions of the elderly person.
These explain why indiscriminate robbery or any other type of abuse not directed on aging citizens only, would not qualify as elder abuse.
But embezzling money or property from an elderly person suffering from any of the types of dementia, taking advantage of the elder’s inability to remember or make mental connections, would be classified as elder abuse.
Each post will describe one type of elder abuse including detailing why the abuse occurs in the first place, or why it persists to occur or defies solution. It will confirm who is involved in this crime and the venue of occurrence.
Finally, the post will look at the current position of elder abuse – what has been done so far, successes achieved, or difficulties encountered in the battle against this evil.
The blogs will in due time become a forum for people of the same persuasion to mingle and exchange ideas that may help to solve this problem. Those who are less aware of this menace may be better informed and be in a position to contribute ideas to solve this problem.
Elder abuse is a problem for all of us. We have the resources to make it go away. All of us have mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, etc. Since every senior citizen is a potential target, then abuse of one is an abuse of all. So, the sons, daughters, and well-wishers of our loving elderly parents can’t afford to sit by.
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