Abusing the elderly
The World Health Organisation estimates that ‘10% of older people globally are victims of abuse’. Defined as ‘a single or repeated act or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person,’ elder abuse is seen as a serious problem in Victoria, with the state’s Royal Commission into Family Violence recommendations (released in March 2016) increasing the focus.
Forms of elder abuse include neglect, and physical, psychological and financial abuse. ‘The prevalence of elder abuse in Australia is not known but international studies suggest that one in 10 older people are abused in any one year’.
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Noting depression and major health stresses, the ABC reports that some ‘140 Australian nursing-home residents took their own lives between 2000 and 2013’.
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