Elder Abuse and Self-Neglect


Duration: 30 minutes
Format: Video Stream & pdfs

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Elder abuse and self-neglect occur among older adults regardless of gender, race or ethnicity, living arrangements, health status or socioeconomic status.  Participate in this module to learn how to detect warning signs, utilize screening and assessment tools, and optimize your role in an interdisciplinary team responding to elder abuse and self-neglect.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this module, learners will be able to:

  1. Differentiate the various types of elder abuse and elder self-neglect
  2. Define the scope of the problems of elder abuse and elder self-neglect and describe the complexities of assessing and responding to abuse and self-neglect
  3. Detect the warning signs of potential elder abuse and elder self-neglect
  4. Review the screening and assessment tools for elder abuse and self-neglect
  5. Explain the role of interprofessional care teams in responding to elder abuse or self-neglect

Christopher G. Mitchell PhD, LCSW

Associate Dean for Doctoral Studies and Academic Programs
Jane Addams, College of Social Work
Co-Investigator, ENGAGE-IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

Valerie Gruss PhD, APN, CNP-BC, FAAN

Clinical Assistant Professor
College of Nursing
Director, ENGAGE-IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

Author Bios:
Christopher Mitchell, MSW, PhD, LCSW, is Associate Professor and Director of Academic Program Development and Assessment at the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago, and is a member of the Commission on Educational Policy at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  He is an experienced clinical social worker with expertise in cognitive behavioral and motivational treatment approaches for persons with mental health and substance use problems.  His research addresses the psychosocial and behavioral aspects of HIV with particular focus on HIV prevention and medication adherence.  Dr. Mitchell teaches graduate courses in psychopathology, clinical social work practice, and integrated care.

Valerie Gruss, PhD, APN, CNP-BC, FAAN, is Clinical Assistant Professor in the UIC College of Nursing. She is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a broad range of clinical expertise and research experience working in primary care and with multidisciplinary teams in a variety of settings. Dr. Gruss’ position at UIC blends her roles as researcher, clinician and educator.
In 2015, Dr. Gruss was awarded a $2.5 million three year grant through the HRSA Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), to create an interprofessional education program for improving the care of older adults. Dr. Gruss clinical role is as Lead Clinical Consultant on a Federal Demonstration Project for the State of Illinois, “Money Follows the Person”, which transitions eligible seniors out of nursing homes and back to the community. As an educator, Dr. Gruss teaches primary care and geriatrics in the UIC College of Nursing graduate program. In pursuit of changing current nursing education to a more interdisciplinary model, she is very involved in interprofessional education and serves on the Vice Chancellor’s IPE Steering Committee.

Memoona Hasnain MD, MHPE, PhD

Professor and Associate Department Head, Faculty Development & Research
College of Medicine,
Department of Family Medicine
Co-Director, ENGAGE-IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

Peer Reviewer and Expert Interviewee:
Louise Starmann LCSW

Director of Social Service at Aging Care Connections, 1986 – 2016

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