Elder Abuse, The Unspoken Epidemic
The number of persons 65 years and older is the most rapidly expanding cohort of the US population, projected to comprise more than 28% of the country by 2060. This presentation focuses on the demographics of aging and the scope of the issue, the categories of abuse, the risk factors for both the victim and victimizer, recognizing the signs in your patients and reporting your suspicions.
Attendees will learn to:
- Describe the scope of elder abuse in the US
- Recognize the signs of elder abuse and the risk factors to abusive behavior
- List the action steps to take when abuse is suspected
Richard Saporito (Moderator)
Associate Professor at University of Bridgeport
Dr. Saporito has been a member of the University community since the founding of the School of Chiropractic in 1991. After graduating with honors from New York University he worked as a research assistant to Dr. Jerome Knittle at Mount Saini Medical Center in NYC before beginning his studies in chiropractic at New York College of Chiropractic. He received his doctoral degree in 1980 and founded the Greenwich Village Health Center, an interdisciplinary health care facility in NYC. He has served on the medical staff of the New York Road Runners club and the New York City Marathon. In addition to his current faculty appointment, Dr. Saporito is a clinical educator at the Community Health Center of CT, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center, as part of the residency in musculoskeletal medicine training program. He also is a senior program coordinator and content writer for Knowfully Learning Group, dba, Chirocredit.com and OnlineCE.com. Previously he has served the University as the director of continuing professional education and was a member of the PACE advisory board for the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards. Dr. Saporito has published research focusing on cultural awareness in chiropractic education and has authored and presented numerous post-doctoral courses including topics on anatomy, physical therapeutics, suicide awareness and prevention, child and elder abuse, human trafficking and cultural competency. Dr. Saporito is the faculty advisor for SACA and is active politically at the local and state level.
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