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AFAR recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and Applauds WHO’s related report

Jun 15

AFAR recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and Applauds WHO’s related report View MoreBACK

On June 14, 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report on the rising rates of elder abuse worldwide. AFAR praises WHO’s commitment to addressing this prevalent issue by publishing this informative report.

The report compiled data from 52 studies from 28 countries on the rate of abuse among adults aged 60 years old and older.

The researchers found that psychological abuse, such as threats, humiliation, and social isolation, is the most common type of elder abuse with almost 12% found in older adults. The study also found that 7% of older adults have experienced financial abuse, 4% have experienced neglect, and 3% have experienced physical abuse. 

AFAR is proud to share this report as many of our experts are also working towards ending elder abuse.

AFAR Board President Mark S. Lachs, MD, MPH serves as the Executive Director of the Elder Abuse Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, the first Elder Abuse Center in New York City. As one of the most respected experts on elder abuse in the country, we encourage you to view Dr. Lach’s interview with the dean of Weill Cornell Medical College on ending elder abuse here.

In his Huffington Post column, AFAR Medical Officer Richard Besdine, MD contributed a two-part series addressing Why Elder Abuse Is Everyone’s Problem and Elder Financial Exploitation: A Crime AND a Serious Health Risk.

A range of AFAR grantees have published and focused their research on the biomedical and social factors influencing elder exploitation. 2007 Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program scholar and 2016 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging Scholar Anthony Rosen, MD, MPH who co-authored the study, Radiologists' Training, Experience, and Attitudes About Elder Abuse Detection; 2014 John A. Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Training Fellow, Timothy Platts-Mills, PhD whose study was featured in Healthday’s article, Elder Abuse Often Missed In ER; and 2012 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging Scholar, S. Duke Han, PhD, who shares insights in National Institute on Aging’s study, Brain scans offer insights into loss of money skills.

The World Health Organization report can be read here.

For more guidance on addressing and starting conversations on Elder Abuse, we encourage you to explore the FrameWorks Institute’s Talking Elder Abuse toolkit here.