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Elder Abuse: Speak Out for Justice

Olson, Jenna M.; Hoglund, Barbara A.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000028
Feature: CE Connection

ABSTRACT: It is estimated that 1 in 10 older adults experience abuse, but only 1 in 5 to as little as 1 in 24 cases are reported. Elder abuse is expected to increase as the population ages. Nurses are in a prime position to identify, assess, manage, and prevent elder abuse. This article explores elder abuse and its prevalence, potential causes, and risk factors, offering case studies, assessment tools, resources, and interventions.

VIDEO ABSTRACT: A video abstract by author Jenna Olson is available at

Elder abuse is a common, growing problem that is a lot more than physical or verbal abuse. Proverbs 31:8 cries “Speak up for the people who have no voice…Speak out for justice!” Learn about elder abuse types, prevalence, risk factors, assessment tools, resources, and how to intervene.Supplemental digital content is available in the text.

Jenna M. Olson, BSN, RN, is a recent graduate of Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota. She works as a Progressive Care nurse at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

Barbara A. Hoglund, EdD, RN, FNP-BC, CNE, is a Professor of Nursing at Bethel University and a Family Nurse Practitioner at North Metro Pediatrics, Coon Rapids, Minnesota. She is an active member of Berean Baptist Church, Burnsville, Minnesota.

Accepted by peer review 9/9/2013.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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