Culture impacts the definition of elder mistreatment, help seeking behavior, methods of intervention, and  more. It can be a source of both risk and protective factors for an elder. This research brief provides insight into general cultural beliefs, views, norms, etc. of API groups and how they may relate to and influence elder mistreatment. Information is provided on API perception of elder mistreatment, API emphasis of the group/family over the individual, API help seeking behavior assessment of elder mistreatment, considerations for intervention, and on cultural considerations for elder mistreatment by API sub-group.

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Aging With Respect: An Elder Abuse Early Intervention and Prevention Safety Card

By Futures Without Violence & National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life
Aging with Respect is an intervention addressing elder abuse, neglect and intimate partner violence with those later in life utilizing the Aging with Respect safety card. It is developed for those patients/clients with agency and capacity in non-crisis, non-emergency situations that provides information about healthy and safe relationships, and the impact of unhealthy relationships on health and wellbeing. Topics include financial, emotional, and physical abuse and exploitation, education and prevention strategies, and information on seeking support.

By the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)





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