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On Tuesday 6th December 2011 NCPOP hosted 'Older People's Understanding of Elder Abuse' and 'Staff Perceptions of Elder Abuse' 

Elder abuse is recognised as a socially and culturally constructed phenomenon. However, older people’s understandings of abuse and how these understandings affect their interactions with existing support services remain relatively unknown. Supports and services in response to this issue have traditionally been developed by professionals and practitioners. The current project addressed this gap in knowledge by being the first study carried out in the island of Ireland to directly consult older people on their perceptions of elder abuse. This presentation will discuss the findings of eight focus groups which were carried out across Ireland between October 2010 and February 2011 and their implication for professional practice.

Dr. Janet Carter Anand, Queen's University, Belfast is a graduate of La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia  and is currently a  Lecturer in Social Work, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK. She is also a Research Fellow, Social Policy and Ageing Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin. Along with colleagues from the University of Ulster, Age Action, South East Care Trust  she completed a  CARDI funded study on older people’s conceptualisation of  elder abuse in communities across Ireland. In this presentation Janet will explore the different ways in which older people and professionals perceive the concept of elder abuse.

Please click here to download the Presentation Dr. Janet Anand Carter Powerpoint Slides

 

 

This presentation focused on the findings of a survey to ascertain the knowledge and perceptions of elder abuse among nursing and care staff employed in three long term care facilities for older people.  Results will be discussed in relation to current literature and implications for research and clinical practice. 

Dr. Alice Coffey is College Lecturer and Director of Post Graduate Programmes at the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC. She qualified as a general nurse and midwife. Her clinical experience includes Clinical Nurse Manager of a rehabilitation unit for older people. Alice has a PhD Nursing; Master’s Degree in Education; B.A. Honours Degree in Health Management and Clinical Research Fellowship from the Health Research Board. 

She is lecturer on undergraduate and post graduate programmes and research supervisor. Her research interests are is primarily on health and illness transitions for older adults and their families and she is currently involved in research on Advanced Care Directives with the Department of Gerontology and Rehabilitation at UCC. Alice is published in a number of international nursing journals,  she is a member of the Ageing Research Cluster at UCC and the All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association.

Please click here to download the Presentation Dr. Alice Coffey's Powerpoint Slides