Elder Abuse

  • Abandoning the Elderly (16 minutes, color) A short time ago, an 80-year-old man in a wheelchair, an Alzheimer’s patient incapable even of speaking, was abandoned inside an Idaho stadium. In this program, his daughter explains what led her to abandon her father in such a condition. The program also reports on relatives, unable to pay for the soaring costs of medical care, who abandon the elderly in nursing homes, hospitals and sometimes even the streets. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Abuse and the Dementia Patient (20 minutes) Due to difficult behaviors exhibited by dementia patients, their care presents a significant challenge.  Find out from experienced nursing staff of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Geriatric Center some easy to implement strategies to prevent frustration and potential abuse situations from developing.  Purchase: $150 – VHS (Video Press)
  • Abuse: The Resident’s Perspective (20 minutes) Residents report what they feel is abuse and their concerns may surprise your staff.  Not only do their comments include the obvious, but also many situations or interactions that you would not think of as abusive unless you were a resident.  Find out what it’s like to be on the other side of care.  Purchase: $150-DVD (Video Press)
  • Adult Abuse (36 minutes) This video offers suggestions for police officers and social workers to work together during investigations of abuse of the elderly and mentally challenged adults. It illustrates two, common situations of abuse and neglect: an elderly individual assaulted in a nursing home and a mentally challenged adult neglected and abused in his home. Purchase: $69.95. (NIMCO)
  • The Ballad of Narayama (129 minutes, Japanese with English subtitles, may not be appropriate for more sensitive viewers) A century ago, inhabitants from a remote mountain village lived in constant fear of starvation. Their lives were cruel, horrible and, at best, hopeless. To survive, a number of ruthless laws were passed. One of the most brutal was taking the elderly to the distant peak of Narayama to die. Home Vision program. Phone: (800) 262-8600.
  • Break the Silence of Elder Abuse (15 minutes) This program explores the complex topic of elder abuse, stressing that help is available to abused elders. It explains that when abuse occurs at home, the abused elder is typically afraid to speak up and when the abuse occurs at a facility, the elder and the family members often fear retribution. Purchase: $319 (Insight Media)
  • Breaking Point (20 minutes) This provocative 20 minute video documents the story of Nancy, a formerly abusive daughter, as she talks candidly about her repeated abuse of her invalid mother. As Nancy relates her story, a sensitive and emotional portrayal emerges. Through therapy and soul searching, Nancy eventually came to terms with what she had done and acquired an understanding of how the abuse might have been avoided. This video provides insights which will provoke discussion and introspection. Purchase: $185. Rental: $55. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Close to Home (18 minutes) This video focuses on specific interventions for clinicians who deal with cases of elder abuse. It uses three of the five case studies from the video, Elder Abuse: Five Case Studies and suggest specific intervention strategies for each. Purchase: $195. Rental: $55. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Dependent Adult Abuse (24 minutes) This video defines elder abuse, highlighting behaviors that indicate abuse and explaining that it occurs in both domestic and institutional settings and does not fit any quota based on income, education, religion, or ethnicity.  Purchase: $189 (Insight Media)
  • Elder Abuse (27 minutes) This program describes the various types of elder abuse and details characteristics of abusers.  It identifies barriers to getting help and discusses social, cultural and medical factors.  The program covers the prevention of abuse and the treatment of elders who have been abused and concludes with a discussion of the governmental agencies and services designed to help prevent abuse.  Purchase: $199 (Insight Media)
  • Elder Abuse: America’s Growing Crime (16 minutes, color) It has been estimated that 1.5 million elder American suffer neglect, mistreatment and even financial exploitation at the hands of their own families. In this program, ABC News correspondents Dian Sawyer and Marti Emerald probe what is quickly becoming the fastest-growing family crime in the U.S. Together they investigate several cases of elder abuse and examine the efforts of crusaders such as the members of the ground-breaking Fiduciary Abuse Specialist Team, a volunteer network of social workers, bankers, lawyers, doctors and police personnel who seek out evidence of financially abused senior citizens. Purchase: $89.95 (VHS) or $114.95 (DVD). (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Elder Abuse: Five Case Studies (40 minutes) This video explores the issue of family abuse against an older adult very personally from the point of view of five different victims. Their candor in telling about their situations gives the viewer insight into the ambivalent feelings of older abuse victims as they try to find resolution to their pain. In the context of their struggle we also see the various interventions that can be used to help stop the abuse, including counseling, shelters, supportive services and legal action. Study 1: Norman, in his late seventies, has been repeatedly beaten by one of his two adult sons who live with him and his wife. Hesitant to press charges, Norman has tried leaving his home several times, but always ends up coming back. Study 2: Dorothy and Gary, mother and son, have been struggling with their relationship for several years. They share the same apartment since Gary has trouble managing financially on his own. Gary is an alcoholic and is unemployed. When Gary becomes abusive, Dorothy usually calls the police and asks Gary to leave. However, she always takes him back in later. Dorothy and Gary are shown in a counseling session sorting out their feelings about continuing to live together. Study 3: Mary was severely battered several times by a son who was on drugs. She finally pressed charges and her son was convicted and sent to jail. Study 4: Pat has been married to a physically and emotionally abusive husband for over 45 years. She tried to leave him several times, but each time came back due to financial or health-related constraints. Study 5: Lucille has several health problems and though she lives with her daughter, she is being cared for during the day by her ex-husband who has been abusive in the past and threatens to be abusive again. Study Guide Included Purchase: $249 (Fanlight Productions and Insight Media)
  • Elder Abuse: The Real Definition Three-tape series of interactive discussions Purchase: $400 – VHS (Video Press)
    • Neglect (19 minutes) Nursing staff considers situations in which neglecting an older person is abusive.  Includes: not responding to a call bell; not providing assistance when needed; allowing a resident to remain soiled; not observing and reporting significant change in an older person’s physical or mental status; and not reporting signs of pain. Purchase: $150 – VHS (Video Press)
    • Abusive Verbal Interactions (23 minutes) Interactive discussion includes: lack of verbal interaction while providing care; lack of responsive feedback to conversation; negative comments concerning condition or abilities; and ridicule, anger and threats. Purchase: $150 – VHS (Video Press)
    • Abusive Physical Interactions (21 minutes) Care providers discuss unacceptable physical interactions including: use of force when an older person cannot or will not cooperate; grabbing, hitting or pushing a resident; and rough manner. Purchase: $150 – VHS (Video Press)
  • Elder Abuse Interventions: The Social Worker’s Role (2000, 28 minutes) Experts estimate that 1.5 million older adults are abused each year. This video explores the role of social workers in the assessment and intervention phases of elder abuse. It highlights risk factors that lead to elder abuse, examines legal and ethical issues, describes the role of Adult Protective Services (APS) and discusses available options for treatment and prevention. Purchase: $259. (Insight Media)
  • Eliminating Negative and Abusive Interactions: A Two-Tape Series, Purchase: $250 (Video Press)
    • Caregiver Stress Triggers (27 minutes) Considers multiple demands placed simultaneously on the caregiver.  The program also addresses caregiver stress generated by combative, uncooperative and confused behaviors.  Purchase: $150 – VHS
    • Preventing and Reducing Negative and Abusive Responses (26 minutes) Reviews a series of situations that can precipitate inappropriate caregiver responses.  Appropriate and positive management for each situation is presented.  Purchase: $150 – VHS
  • Financial Exploitation of the Elderly (25 minutes) This timely video shows ways to identify the varied forms of financial abuse of older adults—by sales people, by service providers and by family members or “friends”—and also shows how to prevent such abuse. Purchase: $165. Rental: $50. (Terra Nova Films) OR Purchase: $199 (Insight Media)
  • The Generation Connection: Perceptions of Abuse (25 minutes) In this video, a group of teenagers participate in a class experience in which they view a case study of elder abuse and then discuss the dynamics of the abuse. They also discuss why elder abuse happens and what can be done to prevent it. They conclude that awareness and understanding through education are the first steps towards dealing with the issue of elder abuse. Purchase: $175. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • The Golden Years? (60 minutes) For some, the “golden years” will be years of abuse, neglect and exploitation. It’s estimated that as many as a million Americans over sixty-five will become victims of this form of domestic violence that has been hidden, denied and, until recently, didn’t even have a name. The stories in this documentary are graphic and disturbing, but they cannot be ignored. Purchase: $99. (Fanlight Productions)
  • A House Divided: Elder Abuse (35 minutes) Through portraits of families from all walks of life, this film sheds light on the hidden tragedy of elder abuse. The abuse itself takes many forms, ranging from willful neglect to financial exploitation to physical attack. One loving niece, pushed to the threshold of her patience by her aunt’s increasingly difficult behavior, finally recognizes the need for outside held to prevent an explosive situation. In another family a frail elderly couple is being financially exploited by their daughter. Still another situation involves an elderly Chinese immigrant who was deprived of his social security checks by his wife and adopted son. A case of physical abuse by an alcoholic son is complicated by the mother’s enduring love for her child. With great sensitivity, A House Divided portrays the emotional complexity of family relationships that can lead to abuse of the elderly. Purchase: $295 Rental: $65 (Filmakers Library)
  • I Grow Old (30 minutes) This video gives concrete examples of ways to avoid elder abuse and offers insight into the need of our country's elderly. Shrinking resources for an increasing elderly population, strained caretakers, chemical and financial dependency in the elder's family and our culture's insensitivity to the needs of the elderly can all add up to elder abuse. This video looks at several kinds of elder abuse -- self-neglect, neglect by caregivers, financial abuse and physical abuse -- through the eyes of those who have lived through it. Purchase: $195. Rental: $55. (Terra Nova Films)
  • I’d Rather Be Home (30 minutes) Over a period of seven years, this video follows the case of Norman, an elderly man who is being repeatedly abused by one of his adult sons. Since he is unwilling to take legal action, the situation remains unresolved, with Norman always hoping that his son’s behavior will change. Eventually, after a severe beating, Norman ends up in a nursing home and is placed under state guardianship. Viewers of Elder Abuse: 5 Case Studies will already be familiar with the opening chapters in Norman’s case. I’d Rather Be Home opens up new issues central to dealing with elder abuse cases. Purchase: $219 (Fanlight Productions)
  • Incident Report (24 minutes) By Ben Achtenberg & Jacqueline Shearer. An outstanding tool for staff training in abuse prevention, this film dramatizes an incident in which an elderly nursing home resident and her nurse are both injured. As they and the others involved -- the home's nursing supervisor and administrator and an investigator from the Department of Public Health -- attempt to unravel why the incident occurred, they confront many of the daily stresses which can affect patient care in even the best facilities. Purchase: $145. Rental: $50 per day, or $100 per week. (Fanlight Productions)
  • Institutional Abuse: Everyone’s Responsibility (17 minutes) This program features four scenarios involving abusive behavior on the part of both staff members and residents in a healthcare setting.  It covers verbal, physical, sexual and psychological abuse and presents effective strategies for creating an abuse-free workplace.  Purchase: $179 (Insight Media)
  • Just to Have a Peaceful Life (10 minutes) Unfolds the story of a woman who was married to an abusive husband for 45 years. After trying to leave him many times, she finally left at the age of 61 only to have to return because of health problems. She died at age 63 without ever achieving the peaceful life for which she longed. Purchase: $89. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Nonphysical Abuse (30 minutes) While most signs of physical and sexual abuse are readily visible, nonphysical abuse – which can be just as damaging – often goes unnoticed.  This video defines physical and nonphysical abuse, explaining how to detect abuse and how to handle the aftermath of abusive encounters.  Purchase: $259 (Insight Media)
  • The Oldest Victims: Elder Abuse (45 minutes, color) In a country where youth and beauty are the ideal, the issue of elder abuse is often as neglected as its victims. This program addresses a number of elder abuse-related topics, including the embezzlement of the elders’ funds by family members; the criminal neglect and endangerment of housebound and bedridden elders by their children and friends; and alleged mercy killings of terminally ill elders by their spouses. The case of a senior-stalker who murdered over a dozen elderly women and the story of a parent-abuser turned elder-advocate are also presented. Produced by CBS News.  Purchase: $129.95 (VHS) or $154.95 (DVD) Rental: $75 (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • A Safer Place (20 minutes) Profiles two older adults who were helped by social service agencies to recognize the abusive conditions they were living under and get assistance. A formerly abusive daughter talks about her repeated abuse of her invalid mother and makes a heart-felt plea to potential abusers to recognize early signs of trouble and ask for help. Purchase: $89 (Fanlight Productions) OR Purchase: $139 (Insight Media)
  • Serving the Victim of Elder Abuse: A Multidisciplinary Team Approach (21 minutes) This video demonstrates how a team of professionals from diverse disciplines works together to resolve complex cases of elder abuse. Team members from the fields of mental health, adult protection, financial management, civil law, geriatric medicine and law enforcement share their perspectives on abuse cases and offer suggestions for intervening effectively. Purchase: $165. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films) OR Purchase: $189 (Insight Media)
  • The Silent Victims of Elder Abuse (30 minutes) Noting that elder abuse can lead to injuries, hospitalization and depression, this program stresses the importance of identifying signs of elder abuse in healthcare facilities and in the home. Purchase: $329 (Insight Media)
  • Social and Cultural Foundations (30 minutes) This video explores the social and cultural foundations of age prejudice, intergenerational conflicts and elder abuse, considering such potentially causal factors as economic stress and drug abuse.  It provides numerous individual and group vignettes of counseling issues.  Purchase: $149 (Insight Media)