Elderly Abuse Increases As Population Over 60 Is Expected To Grow to 1.2 Billion

Elder abuse is increasing as the population ages. A projected number of people over 60 in 2025 is 1.2 billion. Abuse includes “Abusive acts in institutions include physically restraining patients, depriving them of dignity (by for instance leaving them in soiled clothes) and choice over daily affairs, intentionally providing insufficient care (such as allowing them to develop pressure sores), over- and under-medicating and withholding medication from patients; and emotional neglect and abuse,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The organization also conducted some research on the issue of abuse, “A survey of nursing-home staff in the United States of America, however, suggests rates may be high: 36 per cent witnessed at least one incident of physical abuse of an elderly patient in the previous year; 10 per cent committed at least one act of physical abuse towards an elderly patient.” The overall number of elderly facing abuse includes tens of millions. For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.


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