What is Elder Abuse

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:

  • Physical
  • Neglect
  • Sexual
  • Emotional/Psychological
  • Verbal
  • Financial
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