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A GLOBAL RESPONSE TO ELDER ABUSE AND NEGLECT

Follow-up strategies for detecting elder abuse cases already exist in Singapore.40

  • e strategies involve asking older people

suspected of being abused a primary ques- tion followed by a secondary question be- fore the necessary intervention is assumed. A framework is being designed to be put in place in 2007 or 2008 that takes on a multidisciplinary approach to tackle cases of elder abuse.

Social workers and general practitioners recommend establishing a continuing plat- form or forum where frontline workers can share information related to elder abuse and journal updates on research into elder abuse.

In terms of strategy, programmes should focus on raising the level of awareness of PHC professionals and their level of knowl- edge on where to refer suspected cases of elder abuse. ere is also a need to involve the government in this programme in order to build the PHC capacity to deal with elder abuse. Without governmental support, en- gaging PHC professionals is quite difficult.

Summary of report from Spain

Focus groups

Seven focus groups were held: three with older people and four with PHC profession- als. e majority of the groups did not dis- cuss the set of 12 questions but discussed the original EASI. 41 Only two groups of PHC professionals commented on the set of 12 questions.

Focus groups with older people

  • e three focus group discussions were

conducted in different settings: a mixed

group of nine males and females in a large city, a group of nine females in a small city, and a group of seven males in a medium- sized city. Participants’ ages ranged from 65 years to 75 years.

  • e older people referred mostly to their

own experiences and found it difficult to discuss these questions on an impersonal level. In general, the five questions were understood well and the questionnaire was considered to be clear. Question 4 was thought to be the most comprehensible question, followed by Questions 1 and 2, which were thought to be excessively long, addressing too many different issues and in

40.

Offered, for example, by specific agencies such as PAVE (Promoting Alternatives to Violence) and SAGE (Singapore Action Group of Elders) Counselling Centre.

41.

See pp. 20-21.

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