What is Elderly Abuse?

According to WHO elderly abuse is defined as,

"A single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust that causes harm or distress to an older person."

Elder abuse is seen in various kinds: financial, psychological, physical, neglect, or sexual. Like a relative, friend, colleague or caregivers to an older person, the culprit can be anyone.

It is a complex issue in Australia. Some of the significant problems include older people facing workplace discrimination and harassment, different kinds of abuse, homelessness, low living standards, barriers to accessing government services and other opportunities to participate in community/public life.

The financial and legal affairs of seniors must be in order and up to date. Listen and watch elders closely, often their voice is suppressed. Watch out for any red signals that might suggest abuse on an older person. In case of any signs report to the authorities immediately