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Items from the media - archives 2009

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    Laws 'could tackle' elderly abuse

    Posted by Admin on 29 August 2010 | Category: Elderly Abuse.

    Stop elder abuse - Nurse and old lady

    A pledge has been made to "lead a campaign" for new laws in Wales to prevent the abuse of elderly people. It comes as 93% of 1,330 Welsh adults said they wanted a new law to protect the elderly from abuse and neglect. Scotland has passed a similar law. A UK government survey in 2007 found that older people in Wales were more likely to face abuse than in any other UK nation. The two-year study revealed thousands of older people are being physically, sexually or psychologically abused, usually by their own relatives.

    "It's important that people have something that has legislative backing so if someone's being abused, they will have protection."

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    Abuse of elderly is highlighted

    Posted by Admin on 29 August 2010 | Category: Elderly Abuse.

    Stop Elder Abuse Nurse and old lady

    A campaign has been launched to try to raise awareness of abuse of the elderly in Northern Ireland. The two-year study revealed thousands of older people are being physically, sexually or psychologically abused, usually by their own relatives.

    The project's Claire Keatinge said some pensioners do not report abuse because they fear they will not be believed. She said other victims may rely on their abuser for care, while those with dementia might be unable to fully understand and communicate what is happening to them.

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    Stolen by own family

    Posted by Admin on 5 September 2010 | Category: Elderly Abuse.

    Older man - worried

    Hundreds of thousands of elderly people are having their homes, benefits and savings stolen by members of their own family, charities warned today. The scale of financial abuse could be increasing, with tens of millions of pounds thought to be taken each year, the charities said.

    'Sometimes the elderly are not in a position to know they are being abused because of reduced mental capacity. Sometimes they are just hugely embarrassed.' Financial abuse can include the simple theft of money and possessions. But it sometimes involves 'more subtle' pressure from family members, who seek to withhold benefits or force elderly relatives into selling their homes

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    Carers admit abusing relatives with Alzheimer's

    Posted by Admin on 5 September 2010 | Category: Elderly Abuse.

    relative care

    Half of family members who look after someone with dementia admit they behave abusively towards them, say researchers. And a third own up to 'significant' levels of abuse, according to the first study of its kind

    Those with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia are frequently the butt of swearing and shouting, and may even be hit by members of their own family, the study says. Previous research has shown paid carers guilty of this kind of abuse, which the Government has pledged to stamp out.

What we need is prevention, intervention and possible prosecution.