Elder Abuse (the abuse of elderly people) is a growing problem in today's society. As we live longer the world population is aging, with an increasingly large percentage of people being classed as 'elderly'.
One of the downsides to ageing is that we become more and more vulnerable as we grow older. A new study, supported by the World Health Organisation and published in the Lancet Global Health, has found that around 1 in 6 older people worldwide experience some form of abuse linked to their age. The research is drawn from evidence gathered in 52 studies across 28 nations, encompassing a range of low, middle and high income populations.
The abuse suffrered by the elderly is wide ranging and includes the following types:
- psychological abuse (11.6%),
- financial abuse (6.8%),
- neglect (4.2%),
- physical abuse (2.6%) and
- sexual abuse (0.9%).
The figures are higher than had been previously thought and indicate the extent of the problem we are now facing.
On current trends it is expected that by 2050 the number of people in the world aged 60 or over will more than double – rising from 900 million in 2015 to a staggering 2 billion. It is therefore anticipated that problems associated with age related vulnerability and abuse are likley to increase in direct proportion.
Our abuse lawyers are experienced at dealing with claims arising from the abuse of the elderly. This can include claims against institutions as well as individuals and claims against the Government’s Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. If you or someone you know has suffered elder abuse please contact us for a free confidential discussion on 0808 139 1597or email us at elizabeth.duncan@Sleeblackwell.co.uk.