Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts - Gerontology

First Advisor

Marilyn Patterson

Second Advisor

Betty LeMasters

Third Advisor

Rita Kottmeyer


Abuse of the elderly continues to be amplified as the older population of the United States has increased . Lack of professional awareness within healthcare institutions has put seniors at risk for violence . One problem associated with the identification of elderly abuse has been assaults going unreported or unnoticed for lack of poor assessment and observation skills. Therefore it is incumbent for healthcare institutions to take all steps necessary to better define and identify this serious and growing problem.