According to the World Health Organisation, between 4 to 6 percent of older people worldwide have experienced some form of abuse in their own homes, many of which are unreported. The UN has designated June 15th World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). The day aims to bring worldwide attention to the problems of elder abuse, which can take various forms, such as emotional, physical, psychological, sexual and financial abuse. The UN estimates that the global population of people aged 60 and over will more than double, from 542 million in 1995 to about 1.2 billion in 2025.
By being aware of the signs of abuse to look out for in an older person, it may be possible to prevent someone from being inflicted with serious physical injuries, long-term psychological consequences and even a premature death.
Someone who is experiencing abuse may not always be forthcoming about their problems, especially if the abuser is someone close to them.
For more on elder abuse, signs of abuse, reporting abuse and support networks available for older people, see the information available on our website.