elder abuse

(noun) When older people are deprived of care or intentionally harmed by their caretakers.

Examples:

  1. Forging an elderly individual’s signature on checks or posing as them online.
  2. Taking financial advantage of older people by gaining their trust and manipulating them.
  3. Verbally abusing an older parent.

Audio Pronunciation: (eld·er a·buse)

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: elder abuses

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Works Consulted

Griffiths, Heather, Nathan Keirns, Eric Strayer, Susan Cody-Rydzewski, Gail Scaramuzzo, Tommy Sadler, Sally Vyain, Jeff Bry, Faye Jones. 2016. Introduction to Sociology 2e. Houston, TX: OpenStax.

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How to Cite the Definition of Elder Abuse

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “elder abuse.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 14, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/elder-abuse/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

elder abuse. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/elder-abuse/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “elder abuse.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 14, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/elder-abuse/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“elder abuse.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 14 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/elder-abuse/>.