Elder Abuse pp 109-123 | Cite as

The Consequences of Elder Abuse

  • Elizabeth PodnieksEmail author
  • Cynthia Thomas


Increased life expectancy has resulted in a growing number of persons over age 65, and this number continues to escalate. The increasing population of older people has led to the prediction that aging is accompanied by greater physical and mental problems that result in dependency—and also lead to situations in which elders may be mistreated. The consequences of mistreatment for elders at large, for individuals, and for society as a whole are shown in this chapter, including physical and emotional consequences as well as mortality. The lived experiences of abused elders are explored, emphasizing not only vulnerabilities but also resilience, and the need to listen to older adults and involve them in the research, planning, and evaluation of all aspects of intervention. A determinant of health framework is used to provide a comprehensive method of inquiry into this complex topic, including such important elements as gender and culture, coping skills, the role of health services, and physical, social, and legal environments.


Human rights and elder abuse Lived experiences of elder abuse Physical consequences of elder abuse Emotional consequences of elder abuse Mortality and elder abuse Institutionalization and elder abuse Resilience and elder abuse 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishRyerson UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Committee on National StatisticsNational Academies of Sciences, Engineering and MedicineRockvilleUSA

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