Elder Abuse and Gerontological
Mr. and Mrs. M. are both 90 years old. Mr. M., now retired, was a manual laborer and is in excellent health. Mrs. M. has a heart condition and is physically frail and emotionally depressed. Both refuse home care beyond the 28 hours a week of home health care funded by Medicare, in spite of the around-the-clock care needs of Mrs. M., which Mr. M. provides. One afternoon Mr. M. gets drunk and beats up Mrs. M. in the front yard, where the neighbors can witness it. An ambulance is called, and Mrs. M. is hospitalized. She claims not to remember the abuse incident and refuses to prosecute her husband.Adult Child
John P., age 35, threatens his father, Mr. P., in order to obtain his signature on a check for $5,000, which the son uses to buy drugs. On prior occasions, John has stolen money and possessions from his parents, who provide him with board and room and care for him when he returns from prison or drug rehabilitation. Mr. and Mrs. P. are encouraged to sustain this relationship by John's substance abuse counselors, who view them as a resource for John in the community.