Elder Abuse

  • Rosalie S. Wolf
  • Edward R. McCarthy


Despite the advances that have been made over the past decade in public awareness of elder abuse, service delivery, training, and social policy, family violence toward older adults remains a relatively obscure phenomenon. Definitions of elder abuse are not uniform, the causes are not fully understood, and the intervention programs are untested. Yet hundreds of elder abuse workers are called upon daily to respond to situations that are among the most challenging facing the human service system. The medical, psychological, social, legal, and ethical problems embodied in these cases require the most skillful and experienced case managers in addition to a cadre of other professions and paraprofessionals for consultation and intervention. The case that is the subject of this chapter is a typical example. To place it in context, we will begin with a brief review of the nature and scope of elder abuse, followed by the case study and a concluding discussion.


Physical Abuse Family Violence Spouse Abuse Lonely Existence Adult Child Caregiver 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosalie S. Wolf
    • 1
  • Edward R. McCarthy
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute on AgingThe Medical Center of Central MassachusettsWorcesterUSA
  2. 2.Elder Home Care Services of Worcester AreaWorcesterUSA

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