Elder Abuse

Good web starting points:

  1. National Center on Elder Abuse
  2. National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
  3. The Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly (CANE)
  4. National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)


“Aggressive or invasive behaviours/actions or threats of same inflicted on an older adult and resulting in harmful effects for the older adult.” [from: Hudson M.F. (1991) Elder mistreatment: a taxonomy with definitions by Delphi. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect 3, 1-20.]

Scope of the problem:


From: Trends in Elder Abuse. [pdf] Summary: its underreported, growing rapidly

Types of Abuse by Kind of Perpetrator:

  1. abuse by care-providing relatives (granny battering)
  2. nursing home abuse
  3. spouse abuse grown old
  4. abuse of ageing caregivers by elderly care recipients

Kind of abuse (1996 data)

  1. Neglect: 55.0 percent of cases
  2. Physical abuse: 14.6 percent
  3. Exploitation : 12.3 percent
  4. Emotional abuse 7.7 percent.
  5. Sexual abuse: 0.3 percent.

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