How to Write an Essay on Elderly Abuse

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How to Write an Essay on Elderly Abuse
Elderly abuse takes several different forms which can be explained in your essay. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

The basic structure of an essay is similar for most subjects. Once you have mastered this, it will be easy to shape your discussion of elderly abuse within it. The layout of an essay should be clear and logical. Write it as if you are telling someone an informative story about elderly abuse, raising issues that they may not have thought of. The author of "1984," Orson Welles, famously advised all writers not to use complicated vocabulary when plain, simple words will do. Your subject matter is interesting and complex. To make the issue of elderly abuse stand out of the page for your reader, write it in a clear, simple way.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

    Research The Topic Thoroughly

  1. 1

    Use the library and the Internet to read books and journal articles about elderly abuse. Gather research and publications about the subject from within the last ten years. When you are reading through your research materials, underline key quotes that will be relevant to your essay. Keep a note of the references you use on study cards.

  2. 2

    Decide the angle that you will take in your essay. For example, focus on the financial abuse of elderly people by their families or on the physical abuse of elderly people in care homes. Be clear about what angle you want to make your argument from.

  3. 3

    "Mindmap" your ideas on a spider diagram. Place key points at the centre, with related points around the centre, like satellites. Draw lines between the points to show how they link up. This visual tool will help you to organise your thoughts.

    Plan Your Essay

  1. 1

    Introduce the argument that you are going to make in your essay.

  2. 2

    State point one, discuss it, and back it up with evidence. Include a reference to some source material on elderly care and perhaps some statistics.

  3. 3

    State your second point and continue as per point one. Repeat for about three to five points (depending on the word limit of your essay).

  4. 4

    Bring what you have discussed to a conclusion. The conclusion refers back to your introduction, closing a full circle. Make your conclusion have a stronger, more authoritative tone because you have now proven your argument in the main body of the essay.

  5. 5

    Add references and bibliography at the end of your essay. References are the works by other authors that you have cited in your essay. The bibliography lists the works that you have read but not mentioned in your essay.

Tips and warnings

  • For referencing and bibliography, use the style guide that your place of study recommends.

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