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Older adults in the United States, or approximately 4.3 million older persons who have experienced one or more forms of elder abuse (Roberto, 2016). Prevalence rates among survey respondents were highest for self-reported financial abuse by a family member 5.2%, potential neglect by a caregiver 5.1%, and emotional abuse 4.5% (Roberto, 2016). There is also physical and sexual abuse that have not been reported. Older adults typically know their perpetrators, who are usually family members, friends, and others they trust and rely on for help and services (Roberto, 2016). Psychosocial Issues Related to Elder Abuse According to Roberto (2016), spouse/partner abuse often forms multiple abuse such as, physical harm, sexual assault, and psychological humiliation or intimidation. Parent-child relationships may place the older adult at risk for abuse. Adult children who are abusive rely on their parents for shelter, finances, and emotional support (Roberto, 2016). Paid caregivers and other professionals are perpetrators for elder abuse. Roberto (2016), states that the perpetrators feel

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