Elder Abuse - Prevention, Detection, Diagnosis, and Care

Release Date: October 24, 2018
Expiration Date: December 31, 2018
Format: Online Enduring Activity

Target Audience

This activity was planned to address the educational needs of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, licensed counselors, public health professionals, and physical therapists.

Statement of Need

The fastest growing segment of our population is the 'old-old' or people over 85.  The majority of these people have chronic conditions and about half of them have a dementing illness.  A large number of them will be abused or neglected.  Healthcare providers need to prepare now.  Prevention, detection, diagnosis, and care will be the focus of this presentation.  Being able to distinguish between injuries due to benign causes and those that are the result of abuse and neglect is a valuable skill that can aid the provider in the selection of an appropriate course of action.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity learners should be able to:

  • Apply the Abuse Intervention Model to prevention and intervention strategies
  • Distinguish between injuries due to benign causes and those that are due to abuse or neglect

Accreditation Statement


University of North Texas Health Science Center is an approved provider, number 2022, by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. This activity is approved for 1.00 CEU credit/1.00 clock hours.

UNT Health Science Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 16274. This activity is approved for 1.00 Contact Hours.


This activity is approved for 1.00 credit(s) accepted by the National Board of Public Health Examiners' Certified Public Health (CPH) recertification program.

Physician - AOA
The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to award continuing medical education to physicians.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 1.00 hour of AOA Category 2B CME credits. Approval is currently pending.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician - AMA

The University of North Texas Health Science Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

ACGME Competencies

  • Medical knowledge

Social Work
This activity is approved for a maximum of 1.00 Clock Hours for Social Workers.

Physical Therapy

UNT Health Science Center is accredited by Texas Physical Therapy Association, Provider 1810035TX. This activity is approved for 1.00 CCU for PTs and PTAs.

For successful completion, a participant must attend the program, complete the evaluation, and request credit online at the conclusion of the activity.

The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.

Faculty and Disclosures

In accordance with the appropriate accrediting bodies, all planners, teachers, and authors with control over activity content are required to disclose to the provider any relevant financial relationships (those held by the planner or significant other, currently or within the last 12 months) with commercial interests. Accredited providers are required to provide this information to learners before the start of an activity.

The following is a list of the faculty, along with any information they have disclosed regarding their relevant financial relationships.

Laura Mosqueda, MD
Associate Dean of Primary Care
Professor & Chair of Family Medicine & Geriatrics
Keck School of Medicine
The University of Southern California

Laura Mosqueda, M.D., is a professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. She also serves as the associate dean of Primary Care and the chair of the Department of Family Medicine. In addition, she is the director of the National Center on Elder Abuse, which focuses on information regarding policy, research, training and resources related to neglect and exploitation of the elderly for policy makers, professional and the public.

In 2003, Dr. Mosqueda founded the first Elder Abuse Forensic Center in the United States, in an effort to build teams that collaborate across expertise to assist with the evaluation and interventions for complicated cases of suspected elder abuse. Throughout her professional career, she has been involved in extensive research in the field and this year, she was awarded a three-year, $2.5 million federal grant to promote care of older adults by bolstering interprofessional teamwork and enhancing the education of healthcare professional students. While teaching professionals in medicine, criminal justice and social services, she continues to see victims of abuse and neglect in her role as a doctor. Dr. Mosqueda has written extensively on topics in the area of elder care and been published in top scientific journals and textbooks.

Dr. Mosqueda has nothing to disclose. 

The UNT Health Science Center INCEDO staff nor any of the planning team have anything to disclose.


All information contained within this activity is intended for educational purposes only. Physicians and other health care professionals are encouraged to consult other sources and confirm the information contained in this site. No single reference or service can take the place of medical training, education, and experience. This website does not define a standard of care, nor is it intended to dictate an exclusive course of management. This information should not substitute for a visit or consultation with a health care provider.

Technical Requirements

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WE-HAIL LogoThis project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1QHP287350100. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Health Resources and Services Administration or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  No commercial support was received for this activity.


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