As the elderly population continues to grow, so does the likelihood of elder abuse taking place in our communities. June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and JEMS is pleased to provide several resources for more information about a difficult topic that often goes unreported. This year’s focus is financial exploitation, which is becoming prevalent in the elderly community. According to the United Nations, 5 to 10 per cent of older people globally may experience some kind of financial exploitation.
JEMS is excited to share with you an excellent resource from MerckManuals.com. The content, which is being highlighted on www.merckmanuals.com/home from June 5 through June 16, covers the following:
- Preventing elder abuse
- Recognizing the signs of elder abuse
- Responding to elder abuse
- Avoiding caregiver burnout
- Self-neglect in the elderly
“While the entire content of The Merck Manuals is always available online, what we decide to call special attention to on the landing page is dynamic,” explained Editor-in-Chief Robert S. Porter, M.D. “We often look to highlight topics based on national observances and issues that have broad implications for society and public health.”
An overview of the MerckManuals.com subject matter related to elder abuse can be accessed at www.merckmanuals.com/elderabuse.
JEMS has also published several articles on geriatric care and special considerations to take into account when treating geriatric patients:
- Complexities of Geriatric Trauma Patients
- Respect Your Elders: Special considerations for EMS response to geriatric patients
- More than Just a Fall: Consider these factors when assessing geriatric patients
For more information on The Merck Manuals, please visit http://www.merckmanuals.com/
For more information on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, please visit https://www.un.org/development/desa/ageing/world-elder-abuse-awareness-day/2017-2.html