Issues of Abuse and Neglect in the Aging Population

1.0 Continuing Education Credit Hour

Category: 100 Basic Concepts

Although most older adults experience their older years with supportive interactions with family and friends, some are subjected to challenging issues such as elder abuse, financial abuse, and so on. This module will share warning signs and strategies for addressing many of these concerning issues that may come with aging.


Keith Anderson, Ph.D.

Dr. Anderson has a BA from Dickinson College, an MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a PhD in Gerontology from the University of Kentucky.  He is also a Hartford Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work.  Prior to working as a professor and a researcher, Dr. Anderson worked as a clinical social worker at The Washington Home, a nursing home and hospice located in Washington, DC.

Dr. Anderson's research focuses primarily on the well-being of older adults and their caregivers, understanding and improving quality of life in long-term care settings (such as nursing homes), and death, dying, and bereavement issues.  His teaching focuses on aging, social gerontology, social welfare policy, and bereavement.  Dr. Anderson's work has appeared in a number of professional journals, newspapers, and websites. 

Lizzy Miles, MA, MSW, LSW

Lizzy Miles received her MSW from The Ohio State University.  She also has an MA in Journalism and Communication and a BA in Communication from Ohio State.

Lizzy has an eclectic career background in patient satisfaction research and retail database marketing.  Her primary area of interest in social work is hospice.  Her specific research areas of interest include Alzheimer's caregivers and disenfranchised grief of health care workers.  She is a hospice volunteer as well as a Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteer.  She is a blogger, a contributing writer for and a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC).


  1. Identify 5 ways in which older adults can be exploited.
  2. Learn possible warning signs of elder abuse and neglect.
  3. Identify ways that older adults can help themselves and the ways that you can help older adults.

Online Module

When completing the on-line module you will be presented with learning objectives, brief cases, questions for reflection (not scored), and interactive lessons with hyperlinks to engage you along the way. Once you complete the lessons, you will be presented with the Post Test (which requires a score of 100%) and then the Module Evaluation, followed by the opportunity to print your Continuing Education Certificate. Modules remain available for your future reference once you have completed them.