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Elder Abuse & The Case of Dorothy Johnson

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This Elder Abuse Case of Dorothy Johnson was presented on Interprofessional Education Day at the University of New Mexico. Interprofessional Education Day brings students and faculty together from Medicine, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, and other related disciplines to promote a team-based approach to communication and problem solving on behalf of the older patient.

Follow the attached Agenda and Facilitator Guide to incorporate the Case in your teaching.


Educational objectives: 

At the conclusion of this learning experience, students will be able to:

  • Define Elder Abuse, with an understanding of its different forms (physical, mental, sexual, financial, neglect, self-neglect)
  • Recognize the signs of Elder Abuse
  • Assess patients for Elder Abuse
  • Communicate with patients suspected of experiencing Elder Abuse
  • Work as part of an interprofessional team to care for patients suspected of experiencing Elder Abuse
  • Identify community resources that are available to assist victims of Elder Abuse and their families

Interprofessional Competencies:

  • Work in cooperation with those who receive care, those who provide care, and others who contribute to or support the delivery of prevention and health services, legal counseling, and advocacy services.
  • Engage a diverse group of progessionals who complement one's own professional expertise, as well as associated resources, to develop strategies to meet specific patient care needs.
  • Listen actively and encourage ideas and opinions of other team members.
  • Engage other professionals in shared patient-centered problem solving.
Date posted: 
Tue, 09/23/2014
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Tue, 09/23/2014
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Elder Abuse & The Case of Dorothy Johnson. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2014 Available from:
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