presented by Kristen L. Mauk
Financial— Kris Mauk receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships. Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.
Kristen L. Mauk, PhD, DNP, RN, CRRN, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, FAAN
Dr. Mauk has been a Professor of Nursing for many years. Prior to moving to Colorado, she was a Professor of Nursing at a large private university in Indiana for nearly 25 years, and there she held the first Kreft Endowed Chair for the Advancement of Nursing Science, a position dedicated to gerontological nursing. She…Read full bio
1. Background on Elder Abuse
Elder abuse and mistreatment goes largely unreported, often because victims are afraid of retaliation by perpetrators or because they are dependent on others for care. Statistics on elder abuse will be presented along with reasons why this problem is often not reported. Issues related to research on elder abuse and mistreatment are also discussed.
2. Types of Elder Abuse: Recognition and Reporting
All health professionals need to recognize common signs and symptoms of elder abuse and mistreatment. This chapter describes various types of elder abuse as defined by Hwalek-Sengstock, identifying increasing levels of violence and harm, from neglect to direct physical abuse. Particular emphasis is placed on recognizing red flags associated with each type of abuse. The phenomenon of self-neglect among older adults is also discussed. Mechanisms for reporting are described.