How many older people experience abuse worldwide

by Roberta Lunghini - 2017.06.15

Around 1 in 6 older people experience some form of abuse worldwide. A new study, supported by WHO and published in the Lancet Global Health, has found that almost 16% of people aged 60 years and older were subjected to either psychological abuse (11.6%), financial abuse (6.8%), neglect (4.2%), physical abuse (2.6%) or sexual abuse (0.9%). The research draws on the best available evidence from 52 studies in 28 countries from different regions, including 12 low- and middle-income countries. The figures, widespread on the occasion of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 15 June, are higher than previously estimated and predicted to rise as populations age. By 2050 the global population of people aged 60 years and older will more than double, from 900 million in 2015 to about 2 billion. If the proportion of elder abuse victims remains constant, the number of people affected will increase rapidly due to population ageing, growing to 320 million victims by 2050.

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