Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which highlights one of the worst manifestations of ageism and inequality in our society, abuse against older persons.
Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person, where the abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual, and can include mistreatment of neglect. Sadly, the abuse of older persons is often perpetrated by someone they know and trust (for example, by family members or friends).
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was officially recognised by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2011, following a formal request by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.
Elder abuse continues to occur around the world with little recognition or response. It is a global social issue which affects the health, well-being, independence and human rights of millions of older people.
To mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, QLS Proctor reports on some current developments at state and federal levels in response to the abuse of older persons.