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Goals and Learning Outcomes

As the U.S. population ages, increased numbers of older adults have been subjected to mistreatment. Professionals who work with older adults are well-positioned to detect potential abuse and connect them with resources. Unfortunately, many cases go undetected and unreported. Professionals often do not receive the training necessary to assess and respond to elder abuse.

This course will explain the different types of elder abuse and neglect. You will be able to identify specific warning signs, risk factors, and assessment methods. Information will be discussed in terms of older adults who reside in the community and in institutional settings. You will also learn the legal requirements for reporting suspected abuse and basic information about steps you can take to prevent revictimization.

The goal of this course is to provide knowledge to health education, medical assistant, nursing, occupational therapy, and social work professions in multiple settings to recognize, report, and prevent mistreatment in older adults.

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe at least four types of elder abuse.
  • Describe how healthcare professionals can assess for elder abuse.
  • State how to respond and report suspected abuse.
  • Discuss elder abuse in the institutional setting.
  • Identify at least four types of elder abuse and their warning signs.
  • Recognize risk factors for mistreatment in older adults.
  • Indicate how to assess and respond to suspicions of elder abuse and neglect.

Course Termination Date: Not yet determined

Content Expiration Date: 12/31/25

Course Originally Released On: 10/01/22

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Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP#13791

Disclaimer: Not all courses will provide California Board of Registered Nursing approval. Per California Assembly Bill No. 241, continuing education courses related to direct patient care shall address at least one or a combination of the following:(1) Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of licensees, leading to disparities in health outcomes; or (2) Strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.



Relias LLC reports to CEBroker for the following boards (Provider # 50-1489): Arkansas State Board Of Nursing, District Of Columbia Board Of Nursing, Florida Board Of Nursing, Georgia Board Of Nursing, Kansas State Board of Nursing, Kentucky Board of Nursing, Michigan Board of Nursing, Mississippi Board of Nursing, New Hampshire Board of Nursing, New Mexico Board Of Nursing, North Dakota Board of Nursing, South Carolina Board Of Nursing and West Virginia Board Of Registered Nurses


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None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.