Playground Politics Among Older Adults: How Elder Abuse Can Ruin the Golden Years

  • Paul R. Smokowski
  • Caroline B. R. Evans


As the US population grows older with the graying of the Baby Boomers, elder abuse is becoming increasingly common. From financial manipulation through physical abuse and neglect, the elderly are a particularly vulnerable group, especially those struggling with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. This chapter reviews the research on elder maltreatment beginning with a review of definitions and prevalence rates. We then apply the bullying definitional framework to elder abuse and then discuss elder abuse in the context of community settings (i.e., when elders reside with their families or on their own) and institutional settings (i.e., nursing homes).


Elder abuse Elder maltreatment Elder bullying 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul R. Smokowski
    • 1
  • Caroline B. R. Evans
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Social WelfareUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  2. 2.Rhode Island CollegeProvidenceUSA

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