What is Elder Abuse?
The World Health Organization defines elder abuse as "an intentional act, or failure to act, by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust that causes harm to an adult 60 years and older."
Elder abuse is complex. In 80% of cases, the abuse is recurring or ongoing, and the abuser is typically a relative or someone known to the senior. Seniors often feel ashamed or do not view what is happening as abuse.
Abuse can take many forms, including but not limited to: