YFM4210 Ethics and Elderly Abuse

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Debra Newell

Course Description:

In this course, students will utilize case reports, definition, discussion and determine where and how ethics apply to the various aspects of a case and to the individuals involved. Neglect, self-neglect, abuse (physical, mental, emotional, sexual, nutritional) are a few of the types of abuse common with elderly

How This Course Benefits Students:

Limited study of elder mistreatment in the community as well as long-term care suggests that annually between 1 and 2 million elders are mistreated. These numbers are likely to escalate as the future with longer life and more co-morbidities, less children/siblings across which care taking can be spread, and changes in the healthcare system are not geared to address the needs of the elderly sufficiently.

Why This Course Is Important:

Being able to quickly and accurately assess a potential situation of abuse, protect the innocent as well as treat all persons involved in an ethical manner is the desired outcome for all participants.