The older adult population, or elderly, is comprised of those over 60 years of age. The current global population is aging with an estimated 900 million people 60 and older currently and the number expected to increase to 2 billion by 2050. In the United States, it is expected that there will be 15 million U.S. residents over the age of 65 by 2020 and 20 million U.S. residents over the age of 65 by the year 2030. With the aging population comes the risk for elder abuse. Elder abuse is considered a violation of human rights. It is estimated that injuries related to elder abuse cost more than 5.3 billion dollars annually in the U.S. and financial abuse of the elderly costs over 2.6 billion dollars annually. This makes elder abuse not only a concern for the well-being of the aging population, but a critical economic concern as well. This course will look at elder abuse and current definitions, as well as laws that have been passed to help protect the elderly and prevent elder abuse. The course will also look at factors that put elders at risk for abuse and will look at methods to help prevent elder abuse.
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