COVID-19 has turned many lives upside down. Older adults have disproportionately felt the impact of COVID-19, whether it be due to the virus itself or due to the measures taken to avoid the virus. There is no better time to learn more about elder abuse and neglect and our ethical obligations to our clients who may be at risk. In this workshop, we shall explore some of the ethical issues related to abuse, exploitation, and neglect of older adults. We shall begin with an overview of abuse, neglect, and exploitation and will then move on to deciphering some of the protections and services available to our clients. Case studies and activities will be used to brainstorm about what we may be able to do for our clients and community members.
Colleen Beach, MSW, LSW is a Specialist Professor at the School of Social Work, at Monmouth University. Her practice and teaching experience is in elder justice, hospice and palliative care, long term services and supports for older adults, practice with communities, and trauma informed care. She is a member of several organizations focused on elder justice, such as the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) and the American Society on Aging.