Crime and Elderly

In: Miscellaneous

Submitted By uscrn03
Words 526
Pages 3
Crime and Older People Everyone worries about crime and the older adult is no exception. Older people are often targets for robbery, purse snatching, pick-pocketing, car theft, or home repair scams. Unfortunately, an older person is more likely to be hurt than someone who is younger but there are things that older people can do to protect themselves at home, in the streets, against fraud, abuse, and identity theft. At home it is important for older people to keep their windows and doors locked at all times. Never open the door without first identifying who is on the other side. Older people should never keep large amounts of cash in the home. Often family and friends are aware of this and take advantage of the situation. Finally, they should get to know their neighbors. Have someone watch out for them and any suspicious activities around the house. When away from home the elderly should never travel or walk alone and remain alert at all times. Never park in unsafe places like dark parking lots or streets. Women should carry their purse close to their body with the strap over the shoulder and across the chest making it more difficult for a thief to grab the purse and run. Most important, never resist a robber. The elderly should be reminded to always give the robber what they want to avoid being hurt if confronted. Ways to keep their money safety and prevent becoming a victim of fraud is also important for the elderly. Social Security and Pension checks should be direct deposited into bank accounts instead of coming into the mailbox. Money, wallet, and credit cards should be kept in an inside pocket making it more difficult for someone to grab them and run. Older people are often victims of scams by trusted friends and families. They should never give out their credit card or bank information to anyone online or over the telephone. The most common scam is…...

Similar Documents

Neglect of the Elderly

...When I started my career as a police officer the following words meant crime to me; murder, sexual assault, robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, simple assault, theft, and even shoplifting. While attending the police academy I learned that elder abuse is a crime. I would define the word neglect, with just one word, abuse. The word neglect has many definitions; to pay no attention or too little attention to, to be remiss in the care or treatment of, to omit through indifference or carelessness, to fail to carry out or perform, to fail to take or use. The neglect of the elderly is an inexcusable and often unpunished form of abuse. What makes an elder adult so vulnerable? Tennessee law defines vulnerable adults as; “a person eighteen (18) years of age or older who because of mental or physical dysfunctioning or advanced age (60 or over) is unable to manage such person’s own resources, carry out the activities of daily living, or protect such person from neglect, hazardous or abusive situations without assistance from others and who has no available, willing, and responsibly able person for assistance and who may be in need of protective services. (TCA 71-6-102) I would define a vulnerable adult as a person who can and will be taking advantage of in daily life. Why will they be taking advantaged of? To start you could say they are kind of like a baby. Babies always need care to include the following: diaper changes, baths, meals, and finical support. Babies are so......

Words: 539 - Pages: 3

The Elderly

... Introduction to Sociology Hassan A. Amin October 3, 2012 Different cultures treat their elderly different, the Tiwi people who live on an Island off the northern coast of Australia. Their custom is when an old woman became too feeble to look after herself, to “cover her up.” This could only be done by her sons and brothers and all of them had to agree beforehand, since once it was done, they did not want any dissension among the brothers or clansmen, as that might lead to a feud. My mother was now completely, blind, she was constantly falling over logs or into fires, and they, her senior clansmen, were in agreement that she would be better out of the way. The method was to dig a hole in the ground in some lonely place, put the old woman in the hole and fill it with earth until only her head was showing. Unlike the Abkhasians , an agricultural people who live in a mountainous region of Georgia, a republic of the former Sovier Union as well as other cultures pay their elderly high respect and look to them for guidance. Industrialized countries have the highest percentage of elderly, with industrialization comes a higher standard of living, including more food, a purer water supply, and more effective ways of fighting the diseases that kill children. As a result, when a country industrializes, more of its people reach...

Words: 1259 - Pages: 6

Elderly Abuse

...Assignment 4, Part 1: Research Project Draft Submission Clarissa Ensley Instructor: Timothy P. Kelly CRJ 105: Crime & Criminal Behavior August 25, 2013 Elder abuse is a serious problem in this country and around the world. The National Center for Victims of Crime (2008) reports: “In the United States, there are presently about 39 million individuals over the age of 65; the U.S. Census Bureau projects that more than 62 million Americans will be 65 or older in 2025.” In a current report, the U. S. Census Bureau (2010) reports, “Between 2010 and 2050, the United States is projected to experience rapid growth in its older population.   In 2050, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is projected to be 88.5 million, more than double its projected population of 40.2 million in 2010.” Harvey (2008) concurs, he advises that by the year 2030, persons over sixty-five will reach eighty-five million; eight million will be over the age of eighty-five. Harvey goes on to mention, “The minority elderly may face more serious problems than the white elderly because they are sometimes less able to advocate for themselves because of cultural, language, or education barriers.” This data suggests that as the population of elderly continues to grow, so will the possibility of incidents of abuse.   In a domestic environment, abuse of the elderly comes at the hands of their caretakers; this is commonly a family member. Reports of elder abuse are often met with disbelief. People do......

Words: 1919 - Pages: 8

Crime Against Elderly

...Crimes against the elderly in socially organized and disorganized communities Table of Contents Introduction 4 Defining Elderly Abuse 7 Traditional Societies 8 The length of the problem 9 Institutional Settings 9 Risk factor for Elder Abuse 10 Individual factors 10 Factors of Relationship 11 Factors of Community and Society 12 The result of elder abuse 14 Domestic Settings 14 Treatment in institutions 14 Preventing Elder Abuse 15 Feedback from national level 16 Responses from local people 18 Social Service 19 Health Care 20 Legal Proceeding 21 Campaign to generate public awareness 22 Recommendations 23 Greater Knowledge 23 Causes of the abuse 24 Impact of abuse 24 Evaluating the process 24 Stringent laws 24 Basic Rights for Elders 25 Traditions 25 Other preventive measures 26 Conclusion 27 Reference 28 Introduction The history of elderly abuse is not a very new phenomenon. It can be traced back from a very early age if we flip through the sociological status of yesteryear. However with the passage of time and further defining a goal to reform child abuse and domestic violence, the objective of elderly abuse has also been considered in the agenda. Unlike other form violence, the elderly violence has come into limelight with the progress of public health and criminal justice. The issue of these two forms has paved a way to view, analyse and curb the issue on violence towards senior citizens of a society. This......

Words: 7543 - Pages: 31

Elderly Abuse

...| | Elderly Abuse and Neglect When discussing abuse and neglect we often think of children first.  That being said, children are not the only ones who will be abused and/or neglected.  In fact, this happens to some elderly as well.  While some elderly may be productive enough to care for themselves, others are not.  The end result is a complete (or close to complete) dependency on someone else for their needs.  In addition, just like with children, this dependency can lead to abuse and/or neglect. There has been an increase in the number of elderly that have been subjected to violence and mistreatment.  This type of treatment is associated with the individual’s dependency on others; whether it be a relative, acquaintance and/or institution (Meadows, 2010).  According to estimates “between 1 and 2 million Americans aged 65 years or older have been injured, exploited, or otherwise mistreated by someone on whom they depended for case or protection (National Research Council Panel to Review Risk and  Prevalence of elder abuse and neglect, 2003)” (Meadows, 2010, p. 87).  The type of abuse that elderly get subjected to is not only physical, it may also be emotional.  Obviously, abuse may take on many different forms and may include: financial abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect. This abuse is not limited to certain......

Words: 1441 - Pages: 6

Financial Crimes Against the Elderly

...INTEREST GROUPS AND THE INFLUENCE THEY HAVE ON AMERICAN POLITICS Interest Groups (IGs) over the years have had more influence on American Politics than the average American citizen who votes in an election. These groups Lobby to get funding for what they believe is true; whether it’s one program or several programs they put together a solid organization to make sure they get their point across when election time comes around. These groups influence State and Government policy collectively on all levels. It can be the average citizen who goes around asking for you to sign petitions, it can be your own State Politician or Government Official who’s trying to birth a new program into existence. Interest Groups have very strong beliefs about what they are advocating. These groups at times feel so strong in their beliefs that sometimes they start protesting and even sometimes start riots. These groups come into fruition when people get together and start pulling their resources together. An individual can be highly educated, wealthy, or have a little socio-economic background to help further along their cause. Support and money goes along way when you have it to give and make things happen. Lobbying is a really big issue to these groups, because that’s how they are able to maneuver through the “red tape “ of Politics in any social realm. The lobbying starts when IGs are fighting to protect their respective turfs; meaning each Group is trying to get some kind of......

Words: 716 - Pages: 3

Stress in the Elderly

...Many stressors affect the adults, especially the elderly. I go on day to day living with daily stressors such as basic needs like food and water. We wonder how we are going to manage the day like being a parent, working, shelter, family and friends. Individually young adults tend to think that the older you get the less worries or situations you get less of. Such a wrong perceptions that is, it is the most stressful time in your lifespan. Types of Stressors in the Elderly and Possible Solutions There are things you think of again like you did when you were young but it becomes more important and for different reasons. The elderly spend their time thinking of how they will maintain shelter over their head, financial income, food, medical attention and support from the community. It’s apparent that the older we get our health declines along with our mental capabilities. Because of that fact it is imperative that we try as a whole community try to lesson some of that stress by starting new programs for seniors. Perhaps they can have an adult daycare in the area to assure the families that there are facilities there to keep the seniors living with less stress. I imagine they would have resources like places to apply to live in senior communities and set up some type of food program that brings the seniors food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They would also have the setup of having medical attention brought to your very own door step. The government is getting better...

Words: 2084 - Pages: 9

Elderly Parole

...Parole for the Elderly Tynesha Wilson CJHS 430 November 17, 2014 Christopher Abreu Parole for the Elderly There are many arguments for and against confining the sick and elderly adults in jail. Some of the arguments include but are not limited to the cost to house these inmates (elderly and sick), monies used to house these inmates could be used to fund other programs, where will these inmates go once they are released, the reduction of overcrowding in the prison system, may increase crime and the homeless population, etc. Should the elderly be released just because a large amount of money is spent just to house them or should those elderly inmates remain incarcerated because they did the crime and should have to do the crime? Elderly inmates cost up to three times more than the average prisoner, primarily because of their greater medical needs. It is estimated that the Department of Corrections will spend over $900 million on medical expenses in this year alone due in part to the number of elderly inmates housed within the prison system (Beiser, 2003). The more money spent to house the elderly in the prison system the more programs that will eventually have to be cut in order to pay to house them. Monies are constantly being taken away from schools, hospitals, and other government funded programs in an effort to continue housing elderly and sick inmates. If the non-violent elderly and sick inmates were released the funds used to pay to house them could be used...

Words: 1296 - Pages: 6

Elderly Drivers

...Elderly Drivers on the Road Elderly Drivers on the Road One thing that’s just as dangerous as a young and jittery, under-aged driver without any previous driving experience or perhaps even an intoxicated driver raging aggressively through numerous traffic lights is the thought of a vision impaired, elderly man or woman cruising nonchalantly through the wrong lane of traffic or driving 50 mph on a major highway. Due to the continuous trend of our older generation engaging in traffic accidents that could have been prevented if the proper precautionary actions were taken, I feel that it is only right those citizens who are driving at or above 70 years of age to be required to pass an annual test for eyesight and physical ability before they can renew their driver’s license. Though they stand at the most experienced end of the driving spectrum, it’s a contradictory fact that elderly folks are involved in far more crashes and highway fatalities than any other age group, after teenage drivers. It’s even more shocking to realize that drivers 80 years of age and above are actually engaged in almost 6 times as many fatal car crashes per miles driven as that of middle-aged drivers. “Although elderly drivers only consist of 9 percent of the population, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, senior drivers account for roughly 14 percent of all traffic fatalities and 17 percent of all pedestrian fatalities” (ABC News Internet Ventures, 2014, p. 1).......

Words: 684 - Pages: 3

Falls in Elderly

...Falls in the Elderly Dana Painter 000339195 WGU Falls in the Elderly A. 1. Kings Mountain, North Carolina is located in Cleveland County, the Piedmont region of North Carolina, close to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Kings Mountain is about 30 miles from Charlotte, NC. Cleveland County contains a total area of 469 square miles with 465 square miles of that being land and 4 square miles water. Cleveland County has eleven townships. The 2013 census reflects a population of 98,078 people, 37,046 households, and 27,006 families. The population for Kings Mountain is 10,296 people with 3,821 households, and 2,674 families. ("USCB," 2013) The ethnic structure of the city is 74.85% White, 21.55% African American, 0.15% Native American, 1.81% Asian, and 0.65% from other races, and 2.42% were Hispanic or Latino of the population. ("USCB," 2013) Of the 3,821 households for Kings Mountain, almost 50% were married couples, a little over 172% had a female as the head of household, and 30% were non-families. 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average family size was a little under 3. The median income for a household in the city was $31,000-$32,000 with a family income of $39,000 - $40,000. About 19% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21% of those age 65 or over. ("CC Chamber,") Our county has a Job Ready Partnership that offers tax credits for new corporations. With the availability of a skilled labor force and support......

Words: 3591 - Pages: 15

Elderly and Police

...The Elderly in America Unable to cook, clean and care for themselves, the greatest generation is often seen as a helpless burden on their families and the community. Many cultures honor and respect the elderly for their knowledge and experience. Unfortunately, a lot of Americans seem to not respect or understand older citizens. Some stereotypes include the crazy old woman who lives with dozens of cats or the frail, senile man who spends his days in a rocking chair on the front porch. It is the responsibility of the police to serve their community, and the elderly are its forgotten members. Police can better serve the elderly community by knowing their; culture and customs, perception of law enforcement, special needs and organizations that supports them. Senior citizens currently represent the most rapidly growing part of the population in the United States. Currently, one in every eight Americans is age 65 or older, a total of more than 35 million. By year 2030, as “baby boomers” age and life expectancy increases, this number will increase to an estimated 64 million. Having a basic knowledge of this growing population’s customs and culture will produce the most effective type of officer. From my interviews I have gathered that the elder community is family orientated, believes in manners, personnel and finical responsibility and community involvement. Mrs. Kline said that “we are more patriotic, attend church regularly and vote more than younger people.” She......

Words: 1198 - Pages: 5

Elderly

...Diabetes in the Elderly Population Janet Houston Grand Canyon University NRS 427V November 08, 2015 Diabetes in the Elderly Population My goal was to make the people in the community center aware or the cost and aware of ways to help reduce the incidents of diabetes. My goal was not to have them expect I had some cure for diabetes, but information some new and some that I was sure they had heard in the past. Diabetes is the fourth leading cause of death in the African American population. From 1980 through 2009, black males were disproportionately affected by hyperglycemic crises mortality compared to other sex and racial groups (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013). Throughout this period is found that those rates for hyperglycemic rates were highest among black males and lowest among white females. In a report 2009, from the Center for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) they found the death rate was 42.6 percent per 100,000 diabetic populations among black males, 19.5 percent among white males, 16.0 percent among black females, and 11.7 percent among white females (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013). The cost for diabetic care is extremely high, in 2007 the cost was $147 billion dollars and in 2012 it has gone up to $245 billion according to the American Diabetic Association (American Diabetes Association, 1995-2015). The cost of this disease alone got some of their attention, wondering why medical cost was so high. I explained......

Words: 1248 - Pages: 5

Elderly Population

...Vulnerable Population: Elderly population NUR/440 July 11, 2011 Anavictoria Fortaleza Vulnerable Population and Self-Awareness Paper The Elderly Population According to Chesnay (2008) “vulnerable populations are those with greater than average risk of developing health problems by virtue of their marginalized sociocultural status, their limited access to economic resources or personal characteristics such as gender or age. Anyone can be vulnerable at any given point in time as a result of life circumstances or response to illness or events” (p 3-4). For the last few decades, society and government have put a great deal of concern and interest on the aging population. The number of elderly population in the United States is rapidly increasing. The US population under the age of 65 tripled during the 20th century. This number is to double by the middle of next century. Over 70 million American citizens will be considered elderly by 2030, or about 20% of the population will be senior citizen (Walsh, 2009). The growing numbers are attributed to aging “Baby Boomers” and increasing life expectancies. Disability and disease are more common in elderly population such as hip fractures, parkinson’s disease, malnutrition, cardivovascular disease and malignant cancer. More than 70% of the elderly population has been diagnosed with a chronic disease (Pishchita, 2007). According to CDC, arthritis is the leading cause of disability among individuals over 65 years of age and 47%......

Words: 1056 - Pages: 5

Elderly Care

...Literature Review: ------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- Elderly Care Introduction: Approximately 90% of people who take advantage of the elderly are their own family members. Elder abuse has a negative impact on the victimized elders worldwide. It is defined as intentional actions that cause harm or create a serious risk of harm (whether or not harm is intended) to a vulnerable elder by a caregiver or other person who stands in a trust relationship to the elder. This includes failure by a caregiver to satisfy the elder’s basic needs or to protect the elder from harm (Bonnie, R, & Wallace, R Eds., 2003). Although there is a lack of statistical information of elder abuse, there are sources that provide proof that elder abuse is a bigger issue than people perceive it to be. It can occur in many forms such as physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuse. In this paper, the question being investigated is “How knowledgeable are Barbadians on the effects of elder abuse?” The following literature reviews attempts to answer this question. Review of Findings: Each literature piece that has been reviewed pointed out that elder abuse is a major issue and is a topic that is given little recognition or response. According to Penny Bain and Charmaine Spencer, 2014, about 80% of abuse or neglect of older adults is hidden or goes undetected in Canada. Only about one in five cases of abuse come to the......

Words: 1065 - Pages: 5

Elderly Care

...Elderly Care Ethical issue Paper Oshein Robinson Abstract When we are talking about the word neglect or abuse it is usually associated with woman, children and or animals. We forget to think about elderly abuse, which is overlooked because there is plenty of elderly who can look after themselves and still be a valuable part of society, but we forget the ones who are not capable of that. This paper is about raising concern about the ethical issues of elderly being abused and mistreated. Table of Contents Introduction 4 Physical Abuse 5 PYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE 6 neglect & Financial ABUSE 6 Sexual abuse 6 scope of the problem 7 SOLUTION 8 Conclusion 8 Citations 10 Introduction Elder Abuse is any form of mistreatment that results in harm or loss to an older person, elder abuse can be divided into the categories of physical abuse which is physical force that results in any bodily injury or pain this can be assault battery, and inappropriate restraint. Psychological and or emotional abuse which is tearing down their self-esteem, and belittling them. Neglect which is just providing the necessities for everyday living such as food, shelter, health care or protection. Sexual abuse can also be elder abuse it is still non-consensual. Last there is exploitation which is illegal taking of senior benefits. Each year hundreds up to thousands of elders are abused, and neglected for many victims they cannot help themselves since they are older and frail.......

Words: 1982 - Pages: 8