Preventing and Responding to Abuse of Elders in Indian Country

General Material
Published Date
June, 2004

This document provides an overview of the problem of elder abuse among the Native American population. Challenges to providing services, current initiatives, and resources and recommendations for program and policy development are also discussed.

"Although little is known about elder abuse in Indian country, the existing literature and accounts by Indian elders and their families, tribes and advocates suggest that it is a serious and pervasive problem. The experiences of Indian elders with abuse, however, and their attitudes about what should be done about it appear to differ from those of non-Indian elders, suggesting the need for new responses to prevention. This project was created to explore the special needs of abused or vulnerable Indian elders and promising approaches for meeting them."