Provide the most effective service possible to help victims of this growing social problem

Elder Abuse and Mistreatment is a comprehensive overview of current policy issues, new practice models, and up-to-date research on elder abuse and neglect. Experts in the field provide insight into elder abuse with newly examined populations to create an understanding of how to design service plans for victims of abuse and family mistreatment. The book addresses all forms of abuse and neglect, examining the value issues and ethical dilemmas that social workers face in providing service to elderly abuse victims and their families.

Elder abuse and neglect is a social problem of increasing concern to policymakers, practitioners, and researchers in the United States and around the world. Elder Abuse and Mistreatment incorporates health, mental health, and social service perspectives that assist social work and health care professionals with interdisciplinary teamwork. The book examines the Elder Justice Act, the Madrid 2002 International Plan of Action on Ageing, new and emerging practice modalities and international models such as shelter programs and support groups, and the latest research on practice methods, elder abuse with special populations, and interventions with victim-abuse dyads.

Topics examined in Elder Abuse and Mistreatment include:

  • abuse reporting statutes
  • the roles of agencies involved in abuse investigations
  • service commonly needed by victims
  • funding sources
  • common impediments to service delivery
  • adult protective services (APS)
  • local, state, and federal policies
  • social and economic inclusion
  • self-determination
  • long-term care and nursing homes
  • consumer fraud and financial abuse
  • dependency and compliance
  • and much more
Elder Abuse and Mistreatment: Policy, Practice, and Research is an essential resource for educators and students of social work, nursing, and public health, and for social work practitioners.

chapter |3 pages


ByPatricia Brownell

part |75 pages

Overview and Policy

chapter |29 pages

Communities Respond to Elder Abuse

ByLisa Nerenberg

chapter |23 pages

Social Inclusion

An Interplay of the Determinants of Health–New Insights into Elder Abuse
ByElizabeth Podnieks

part |80 pages


chapter |22 pages

Self-Determination and Elder Abuse

Do We Know Enough?
ByL. René Bergeron

chapter |20 pages

Use of a Single Page Elder Abuse Assessment and Management Tool

A Practical Clinician's Approach to Identifying Elder Mistreatment
ByPatricia A. Bomba

chapter |13 pages

An Elder Abuse Shelter Program

Build It and They Will Come, A Long Term Care Based Program to Address Elder Abuse in the Community
ByDaniel A. Reingold

chapter |8 pages

Consumer Fraud and the Elderly

A Review of Canadian Challenges and Initiatives
ByCarole A. Cohen

chapter |16 pages

Psycho-Educational Support Groups for Older Women Victims of Family Mistreatment

A Pilot Study
ByPatricia Brownell, Deborah Heiser

part |87 pages


chapter |18 pages

Elder Abuse and Neglect Among Veterans in Greater Los Angeles

Prevalence, Types, and Intervention Outcomes
ByAilee Moon, Kerianne Lawson, Maria Carpiac, Eleanor Spaziano

chapter |23 pages

Hearing the Voices of Abused Older Women

ByJill Hightower, M. J. (Greta) Smith, C. Hightower Henry