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Unit 1


To give you a national and a local overview of the problem of abuse, neglect and exploitation as it affects incapacitated or dependent adults.


"Myths and Facts" Activity:

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  • At the end of this training, you will be given another opportunity to complete this activity and improve your score.


Key Points:

  • When we discuss issues of abuse, we often forget to address the issues specifically facing elderly and disabled adults. Yet abuse is often intergenerational, and victims include people in their later years of life.

  • Elderly and disabled adults live with issues of domestic violence, substance abuse, trauma, and mental health problems.

  • In homes or families where children are abused, there may also be adults who are being abused, neglected or exploited.

  • We are faced with an increasing aging population as the “baby boomers” age. Therefore, we must begin to seriously confront the prevalent issues of adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation in this country.

  • Where there is a history of child abuse, domestic violence, or animal abuse within a family, there may be an incapacitated or dependent adult.


Who does APS serve?

Adult Protective Services (APS) serves any person 18 years of age and over who is incapacitated or dependent. In addition, APS serves emancipated adults (16+) who are incapacitated or dependent.

For more information on APS, click on this link (page will open in new window - this content is located on another site):


Writing Activity:

Please take a moment to reflect on and respond to the following questions:

  1. Are you aware of adults who are at risk for abuse, neglect or exploitation?

  1. Are you working with youth transitioning into adulthood who may qualify for adult protective services (i.e. Youth who will likely be dependent or incapacitated as adults)?

Print this page and use your responses as a guide to focus and direct your learning throughout this training. You may use paper if you run out of room or you do not have access to a printer.

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