After reflecting on the text and video related to elder abuse, share your thoughts in a one page paper on individuals’, families’, and societies’ obligations to protect vulnerable seniors. Many of us know someone who was taken advantaged and lost money or keepsakes as a result.
In social work and other professions, many are mandated reporters meaning if abuse or neglect is suspected, those professionals must report to the authorities (Adult Protective Services in Ohio), but not all individuals are mandated reporters. Do you think this should change?
Do you worry about your own family members’ risk for exploitation or harm? What steps should/could you take to prevent maltreatment be it physical, emotional, or financial?