SENIOR CITIZENS ABUSED, 1 IN 6 – W.H.O.
Around one in six older people are abused in some way, a number anticipated to ascend as the global population of people over 60 years dramatically increases from 900 million in 2015 to around 2 billion in 2050, said the World Health Organization. The national estimate for India is one in five people.
June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Near 16% of people aged 60 years and older are mentally abused, financially misused, neglected, physically hurt or sexually abused, found a WHO-upheld concentrate distributed in the Lancet Global Health that draws information from 52 studies in 28 nations, including India.
The national evaluations of past-year abuse pervasiveness rate shifted broadly, from between 43.7 in Egypt, 36.2% in China, 29.3% in Spain and 20.8% in India to 2.6% in the UK.
The rates of abuse are higher for older people living in establishments than in the community.
“The abuse of older people is on the ascent; for the 141 million older people worldwide this has serious individual and societal expenses,” says Alana Officer, senior health adviser, department of maturing and life course, WHO Geneva.
“In spite of the recurrence and the serious health results, elder abuse stays one of the minimum explored sorts of violence in national surveys, and one of the slightest tended to in national arrangements to avert violence.”
Mental abuse is the most unavoidable and incorporates practices that harm an older individual’s self-esteem or prosperity, for example, ridiculing, frightening, humiliating, and destroying property or keeping them from seeing loved ones. Monetary abuse incorporates abusing money, property or resources, while disregard is the inability to address fundamental issues, for example, nourishment, lodging, apparel and medical care.
Abuse can prompt depression, stress, tension, traumatic damage and agony and hospitalization. A 13-year follow-up study found that casualties of elder abuse are twice more prone to kick the bucket prematurely than people who are not casualties of elder abuse.
In May 2016, Ministers of Health embraced the WHO Global Strategy and Action Plan on Aging and Health at the World Health Assembly that incorporates enhancing information on recurrence of elder abuse, creating guidance to viably avoid and react to elder abuse, assessing existing efforts and enhancing response.