Columbia Southern University
Life is an extraordinary gift and entails two dynamic cycles. One in which where we experience youth and then a wonderful path which is aging and it is said that with age comes wisdom. It is through this process that we live and learn that as we get older the body starts to become more physically incapable of performing as before. Many will start losing the ability to see and hear, rational reasoning becomes a factor resulting in dementia. It is with these initiating factors that caregivers neglect and abuse elders or dependent adults who should be providing their basic needs and wants.
According to an article written and published by the health in aging organization: Preventing Elder abuse and Neglect in Older Adults, (April 2010, p 3) and states. "Don't assume that a loved one couldn't possibly be abusing an older adult.” About ninety percent of abusers include friends, neighbors, and service and another twenty percent is attributed to husbands, wivies or intimate lover. Men and women abuse older adults almost equally." These are devastating statistics that are constantly increasing , they seems unrealistic but are actual facts.
Adults of the age of sixty and older are the ones most vulnerable to the snarls of abuse and happens at home, on the street, and in nursing homes. Warning signs such the bruises around the genital areas can be an indicator that he or she is being sexually abused. The un- willingness to participate in usual activities is a common cause for concerns as well as the constant arguing with friends and family. Finance also plays an integral role in the manner
which caregivers extend their love and care; the unusual loss in weight sends a red flag in warning as well.
If and when these abusive actions happen the elderly refuse to speak and only suffer more in silence leaving them more frustrated and hurt. It is, therefore, our right to report such incidents and help protect our elders as we too one day will become senior citizens and wish to feel a sense of safety, where ever we are.
Governments and various Non-Government Organizations around the world have become increasingly aware that the abuse of the elderly has seen a drastic increase over the years. The Government and this Organization are constantly seeking ways and means of pacifying these horrific attitudes that are extended towards the fathers and mothers of most families, especially in most developing countries around where social and economic problems are constantly an ongoing problem. These individuals are often dependent and can be seen in lines seeking food, shelter and clothing on a daily basis.
As living beings the aging process teaches us many lessons in life and without a doubt, will be passed on to the next generation, so let respect, love and care be extended to the elders in abundance.
Healthinaging.org (April 2010). Preventing Elder Abuse and Neglect in Older Adults. Retrieved from http://www.healthinaging.org/files/documents/tipsheets/elder_abuse.pdf