Elder abuse is defined as any type of mistreatment concerning those sixty or older. It is often committed by a family member, a caregiver, or someone the elderly trusts.
There are six categories of elderly abuse:
- Physical Abuse– this involves the use of non-accidental physical force and can lead to serious injuries or even death.
- Sexual Abuse– any sexual act without consent.
- Mental/Psychological Abuse– this involves any harmful action that affects the mental or psychological aspect of the elderly. This may also include the use of a loud or threatening voice or the use of improper language.
- Neglect– the failure to meet the basic needs of those who are elderly.
- Abandonment-when anyone leaves the elderly without anyone to care for them.
- Financial Abuse– the theft or misuse of assets, money or property.
This form of abuse is becoming more prevalent in recent years compared to other types of abuse.
|Elder Maltreatment: This fact sheet provides a basic overview of elder maltreatment.|
Elder Maltreatment Related Publications
|The World Report on Aging and Health provides recent health issues that affect older population and also recommendation that can improve elder’s life through innovation solutions. World Health Organization, 2014|