Elder Abuse: Perspectives on an Emerging Crisis. Galbraith MW (Ed). Kansas City Mid-America Congress on Aging, 1986, 192 pages.
Elder Abuse: Perspectives on an Emerging Crisis contains 11 wellwritten chapters on the different aspects of elder abuse. This topic is published as the third volume in the Mid-American Congress Convergence in Aging series.
The book contains information about elder abuse from several different health-care professionals' perspectives. Chapter Two gives insight into the adult caregivers and their perceptions of caregiving. This is an area that professionals often neglect. Chapter Six then follows with some revealing information concerning the abused person's attitude. The data is presented in a sensitive and caring way, giving the reader a real sense for the psychosocial aspects involved in this phenomenon.
The book also includes chapters explaining the legal implications from state to state and a detailed review of current literature on the subject. This is helpful for other researchers. The possible causes are discussed in a clear informative style. No one theory is isolated, but all presented objectively. Also included is information on programs that could be instituted to help alleviate situations that promote abuse. Information is concise and easy to understand.
For those working directly with this problem, Chapter Three explains a comprehensive index for assessing abuse and neglect in the elderly. The purpose and usefulness of the tool is summarized with emphasis on six types of elder abuse. The tool gives the reader a better understanding of the types of abuse that do occur, and how to assess whether an elder is being abused.
Overall, this publication presents the important perspectives involved in the issue of elder abuse very well. It is lacking in only one area - that of spirituality. This is an area that needs to be discussed when dealing with all individuals, especially when formulating a plan of care.
Elder abuse is an issue in our society and this book provides honest, well-documented information to help people understand the problem. The book provides answers and promotes future planning to possibly decrease the incidence of elder abuse in local communities.