Hospitals are confronting places. Not only do people go to hospitals to heal, they go to hospitals to pass away.
Today, we had a patient admitted as a result of elder abuse. I know that I generally write about the lighter side of medicine, but this is something that needs to be addressed. I don’t understand what could possess anyone to want to harm an innocent elderly women, or any older person, regardless of gender. The older generations (for the most part) have done nothing but contribute positively both to their own homes and careers, but to society as a whole.
Yet the WHO estimates that 1 in 4 elderly people will be victim to abuse or neglect.
This is not short of perplexing. Why would anyone want to leave another person fearing for their lives? How can one human being hurt another, especially when the victim is already at their most vulnerable? And why, after all that the victim has endured, would they want to protect their persecutor?
The scariest part is that, for every case of elder abuse and neglect uncovered, how many more remain hidden?
Stop elder abuse.
Tagged as: med school. stop elder abuse. awareness. hospital. questions.
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