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Family Problems: Stress, Risk, and Resilience by Joyce A. Arditti

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15Abuse in Late Life: Unsuspecting Elders and Trusted Others

Karen A. Roberto, Pamela B. Teaster, and Marya C. McPherson

You may never have encountered an older adult like Eleanor who was experiencing abuse, and you probably are not aware of it even if you have (see case example on p. 229). Elder abuse is a largely hidden problem in community and facility settings. With the aging of the population in the United States and across the globe, however, elder abuse is becoming a pressing public health, criminal justice, and public policy concern (Acierno et al., 2010; Amstadter et al., 2011b; Krienert, Walsh, and Turner, 2009). Elder abuse most often occurs close to home and infiltrates elders' daily lives. The vast majority of perpetrators of abuse are family members, friends, neighbors, or others who have gained the trust of older adults (Krienert et al., 2009).

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