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World Elder Abuse Awareness Month

16 June 2017

Mental Abuse - Verbal or emotional abuse includes threatening significant physical harm, or causing emotional harm to an adult through the use of: derogatory or inappropriate names, insults, verbal assaults, profanity, or ridicule; or harassment, coercion, threats, intimidation, humiliation, mental cruelty or inappropriate sexual comments.

Thursday is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, bringing to light the constant scams and mistreatment seniors face.

Ohio's population of adults age 60 or older, which stood at 2.28 million in 2010, is expected to grow to 3.37 million by 2030, according to the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University. A 13-year follow-up study found that victims of elder abuse are twice more likely to die prematurely than people who are not victims of elder abuse.

"The goal [of the event] is awareness and education to the community and specifically to the population that would potentially be victims of abuse", said Kimberly Hawkins, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman with Kerr- Tar Area Agency on Aging.

Minister for the Ageing Tanya Davies has urged the community not to be silent on elder abuse. Researchers still have much to learn about the magnitude and scope of elder abuse.

Mundy emphasized how tragic elder abuse can be.

Columnist and author Santosh Desai termed the findings of the data "alarming", and said that improving the behaviour of people toward the elderly was one of the primary steps towards achieving a progressive society.

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"One of the most important jobs of government is protecting older Pennsylvanians", Wolf said in the news release. The researchers conducted household interviews with over 4600 people aged over 60 years in 19 small and big cities across the country. "No one needs me", said a participant in a group discussion in Serbia, reflecting the neglect older women often endure.

"This number doubled in the following year, with 288 reports, and an expectation that this number will only increase", she said. "All of these factors contribute to elder abuse".

"If a neighbour, a senior citizen or even a nursing home employee sees any abuse type of situation, they have to go to the police and report what they see", she said, stressing: "We can not assume the victims will report what is happening to them".

"The elderly can be targeted by close friends or neighbors".

As far as public transportation is concerned, two out of three of those who take public bus reported that they are offered seats regularly.

"Elder abuse is rarely discussed in policy circles, less prioritized for research and addressed by only a handful of organizations", notes Dr Etienne Krug, Director of the WHO Department for the Management of Non communicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Month