Elizabeth attended Lifespan’s presentation on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at Crimson Gardens, about recognizing and preventing elder abuse and mistreatment, and we posted a quiz to test your knowledge of emerging trends in the area of elder abuse. Here are the answers.

Elder Mistreatment: An Overview & Emerging Trends

1. Most elder abuse/mistreatment occurs in nursing homes: False.

2. In most cultural groups in the United States, adult daughters are the primary caregivers for elderly people (excluding spouses): True.

3. According to most studies, verbal abuse is the most common form of elder abuse: False. The top five are, in order, (1) neglect; (2) verbal; (3) financial; (4) physical; and (5) sexual.

4. The Federal government appropriates equal amounts of money to combat each category of family violence: child abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse: False. Child abuse allocations are over 90% of the available funding, domestic violence allocations are 6%, and elder abuse allocations are around 2%.

5. Adult children are the primary perpetrators of elder abuse/mistreatment: True.

6. Elderly women who are victims of domestic violence are reluctant to leave their husbands because they have gotten used to the abuse: True.

7. Victims of elder abuse/mistreatment self-refer for help in approximately 5% of all the reported cases: True.

Thanks again to Lifespan for the presentation and the quiz. For more information, contact Lifespan at 244-8400 or www.lifespan-roch.org