Elder Abuse: Sometimes It’s Self-Inflicted

March 2, 2018 | by Paula Span | The New York Times


While caregivers—both paid and unpaid—are often the responsible parties when elderly people in their charge are maltreated or neglected, the most widely reported form of elder abuse in the United States is self-neglect. A new article in The New York Times explores the complexities of elder self-neglect, which pits the self-determination of older adults against their needs for medical attention, decent nutrition, safe housing, and mental health services. According to the article, those who experience self-neglect have higher rates of illness and death; they also end up in the ER and the hospital more often. Adult protection service agencies exist in part to address the needs of vulnerable adults, but sometimes they can only do so much. Read the full article here. And learn about NCCD’s adult protection work here.