Elder Abuse

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2005 Retired Members' Conference
22 June 2005
Carried as Amended

A House of Commons healthcare committee recently reported on the alarming prevalence of elder abuse. The report found that as many as half a million elderly people may be being abused.

Elder abuse may take the form of sexual, physical and financial abuse, neglect and over-medication.

Despite the extent of this problem, many people are ignorant of elder abuse because many victims are too frightened, embarrassed or unable to report their cases, and friends, relatives and carers are unaware of how to identify abuse.

Conference therefore requests the National Retired Members’ Committee to raise awareness of the issues surrounding elder abuse and details of the national helpline operated by Action on Elder Abuse.