Kapiti tunes in to Elder Abuse Help Line
1 July, 2017
Sir Pita Sharples is featured in a new video on the Elder Abuse Help Line.
This year as many as one in ten older people in New Zealand will experience some kind of elder abuse. The majority of cases will go unreported.
Elder abuse is not specific to any one gender, religion, ethnicity, or income group. It may happen at home, in residential care, or in hospitals. Most of the time family members are the abusers.
Understanding elder abuse
Psychological abuse includes threats, humiliation or harassment. This creates distress, shame, or stress, which often leads to a sense of powerlessness in the older person. It is often a factor in other forms of abuse.
The abuser is often someone close to their victim. Usually it is someone trusted to care for them: family members, friends and even neighbours. Abusers are often someone they depend on for support or care.
Who are the Abusers- Who is most at risk?
It can be difficult to identify abuse. But being aware of the risk factors can help.
being dependant on others
For more Information see: superseniors.msd.govt.nz/elder-abuse/index.html
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