(noun) When older people are deprived of care or intentionally harmed by their caretakers.
- Forging an elderly individual’s signature on checks or posing as them online.
- Taking financial advantage of older people by gaining their trust and manipulating them.
- Verbally abusing an older parent.
Audio Pronunciation: (eld·er a·buse)
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- Plural: elder abuses
- Word origin of “elder” and “abuse” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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- child abuse
- intimate partner violence (IPV)
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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 January 21, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/elder-abuse/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
elder abuse. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://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 January 21, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/elder-abuse/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“elder abuse.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 21 Jan. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/elder-abuse/>.