Elder abuse: Zero tolerance by ProQuest

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Legendary actor Mickey Rooney's testimony during a Senate hearing last winter about alleged abuse suffered at the hands of a family member triggered national attention for victims of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. Media attention to Rooney's case came on the heels of the late socialite Brooke Astor's highly publicized story involving physical neglect and financial exploitation by her wealthy and well-respected son. A seminar on elder abuse presented at the Assisted Living Federation of America Conference & Expo in Orlando this past April focused on educating long-term care providers to identify abuse, train staff on how to respond if they suspect abuse and implement policies and procedures that should be in place to protect seniors. Elder victim risk factors include cognitive impairment (e.g., dementia), poor health, social isolation and a shared living arrangement with a caregiver. Caregiver stress can lead to abuse.

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