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Ageism: Prelude To Elder Abuse

Ageism is one of the pervasive prejudices throughout all human society. The stereotyping and the tendency to discriminate people on the basis of their age is called ageism. Coined in 1971, ageism is a practice that may be casual or systematic in nature. Ageism may come in several different forms around the globe, but it can often lead to elder …

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Can Weight Loss In Nursing Homes Be A Sign Of Abuse or Neglect?

Sudden weight loss in nursing home residents can sometimes be a cause for concern and sadly, this problem is very prevalent in nursing homes. Nursing facility residents often have chronic diseases and functional impairments that impair proper nutrition and hydration and require interventions by facility staff. Elderly individuals with weight loss are at higher risk for functional decline, hip fractures, …

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Feeding Tubes Part II- Profit Motives

Although there are legitimate situations where hospitals and nursing homes use feeding tubes, doing so for a patient with advanced cognitive issues can amplify medical and emotional problems for that individual. In too many situations, feeding tube decisions are made based on financial rather than patient care factors. Statistically, for-profit hospitals are more likely to use feeding tubes, as are …