FAQs About Elder Abuse

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CREA Memphis

  • What is a Coordinated Community Response?
    Coordinated Community Response (CCR) is a collection of professionals from various disciplines and professions, which includes governmental, community-based and non-profit organizations, who share a common vision and responsibility to enhance the safety of adults 60 and older. A CCR holds its members accountable, identifies service gaps, and coordinates member efforts in order to create a seamless response to the needs of victims of elder abuse. Although there is no single model or manner to create a CCR or its membership, all members serve as equal partners.
  • How is CREA Memphis different from other elder abuse alliances?
    Collaborative elder abuse alliances typically focus on one or more of the following:  prevention, awareness, intervention and systems review.
    An important distinction to be made is that CREA's aim is to improve the PROTECTION of older adults in Memphis and Shelby County via a Coordinated Community Response (CCR). We do this with:
    • Commitment, Communication and Shared Vision by the CCR
    • Victim-Centered Services that Support Older Adults
    • Awareness and Education to the Entire Community

Elder Abuse

  • How does caregiver stress contribute to elder abuse?
    It is important to note that caregiver stress does not cause elder abuse which was an original theory of elder abuse from the 1980’s. Although it can be stressful to be a caregiver and a caregiver may experience not having their own needs met or burnout, the data states that there is little correlation between caregiver stress and elder abuse. A focus on caregiver stress, then, focuses the attention on the caregiver and not the older adult victim which can negatively impact an investigation, minimize the victim’s needs and viewpoint and feeds directly into the power and control dynamics of a perpetrator. Elder abuse, like domestic violence, is directly linked to power and control.

Elder Abuse Definition

  • What is elder abuse?
    Although there are varying definitions, generally elder abuse is considered physical, sexual or psychological abuse, as well as neglect, abandonment, and financial exploitation of an older person by another person or entity.  Elder abuse can occur in any setting (e.g., home, community or facility) and can occur either in a relationship or where there is an expectation of trust and/or when an older person is targeted based on age or disability. (National Center on Elder Abuse, http://www.ncea.aoa.gov) For example, in Tennessee, Adult Protective Services defines elder abuse as a person 60 years of age and older who is unable to manage his/her own resources, carry out activities of daily living, or protect him/herself from neglect, hazardous, or abusive situations without the assistance of others; and who has no available, willing and responsibly able person to assist him/her; and may be in need of protective services.  (T.C.A.71-5-102(2).

Reporting Elder Abuse

  • How do I report suspected elder abuse?
    If you suspect elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation, call your state’s elder abuse hotline or reporting number. Help is available! In the case of a medical emergency, call 911 or the local police.