Elder Abuse: Considerations for the Elder Mediator by Cathy Lively, Esq.
Cathy L. Purvis Lively, Esq. JD, MS in Bioethics | Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator: Circuit, County, and Family.

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Elder abuse is a prevalent public health problem!  An estimated 1 in 10 older adults experiences elder abuse annually in the US.

--- Makaroun, L. K., Beach, S., Rosen, T., & Rosland, A. (2021). Changes in Elder Abuse Risk Factors Reported by Caregivers of Older Adults during the COVID ‐19 Pandemic. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 69(3), 602-603. doi:10.1111/jgs.17009

Discussion Points:

~ Ageism - WHO defines it as the “stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination against people on basis of age.”

~ Vulnerability - Defined as financial, physical, or emotional dependence on others or impaired capacity for self-care or self-protection that places older adults at risk of mistreatment. (Mousqueda p. 1880)

~ Caregivers - Caregivers of older adults who ordinarily deal with stress and systemic lack of support in the US now facing even more burdens which are known to increase caregivers’ risk of being abusive to or neglectful of old older adults.

~ Trusted Other -  Includes a variety of people, including family members, neighbors, friends, paid caregivers, other household employees, financial advisors, and other advisors.

~ COVID-19 PANDEMIC Reports from developed countries reveal a 10-fold increase in reports of elder abuse during the pandemic



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  1. Elder Abuse: Considerations for the Elder Mediator

    Excellent presentation!

  2. Elder Abuse: Considerations for the Elder Mediator

    Great Course. Very informative.

  3. Philip McDonaldFebruary 3, 2023 at 09:25
    Elder Abuse

    Relevant Course

  4. Elder Abuse:Consideration for Elder Mediator

    Engaging, important and sensitive subject

  5. Stacey LeggettMarch 28, 2023 at 16:00
    Great Speaker

    Great job on the topic!


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Guno Ritfeld is a retired Department of Defense Commissioned Officer. He has earned a B.A. in Psychology/Education, a Juris Doctorate (J.D.), and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree. He is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Civil, Family, and County mediator and has served as a County mediator at the Orange County courthouse. He served as a member of the City of Orlando Certification Appeals Board and Chapter 57 Discrimination Board, and as a contract Human Rights Mediator and Administrative Investigator for various state and federal agencies. He is an experienced commercial, workplace, and family dispute mediator and arbitrator.

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