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Safeguarding older people from abuseCritical contexts to policy and practice$
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Angie Ash

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305668

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305668.001.0001

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The abuse of older people

The abuse of older people

(p.23) Three The abuse of older people
Safeguarding older people from abuse

Angie Ash

Policy Press

This chapter traces the ‘naming of elder abuse’ as a social problem in the UK and internationally. It considers definitions of abuse, and findings of some international research on the prevalence and nature of elder abuse. This chapter trails later discussion of an apparent de facto blindness to abuse and the dynamics of power in interpersonal relationships, present in the uncritical pre-eminence placed on the exercise of individual ‘choice’ in public policy and professional safeguarding practice. The chapter critically examines ageism and its manifestations and consequences for older people who are at risk of abuse. The chapter closes with reference to the human rights of older people, founded on a framework of the fundamental values that are dignity, autonomy, equality, fairness and respect.

Keywords:   naming elder abuse, elder abuse definitions, prevalence of elder abuse, nature of elder abuse, individual choice, ageism, Human Rights

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