What is even more worrying is the fact that 70 percent of elder abuse situations are caused by family members, which makes these cases more difficult to control or report, according to Age Concern’s CEO, Robyn Scott.
A charity which aims to help the elderly reported that they face 2,000 cases of elder abuse per year but they believe this number is much higher, given the fact that older people hesitate or are unable to seek help.
A survey that was recently carried out in a bank reveals that half of the bank staff have had to deal with what they suspected were cases of elder abuse within the past year.
The survey was carried out with staff working on customer service at Ulster Bank. Out of the 493 employees, 45 percent reported that they had to deal with cases where they suspected elderly people had been abused.
According to the president of advocacy and communications with Age Action, Justin Moran, financial abuse was ranked the second most common type of elder abuse.
The results actually show that this form represents one in five cases of abuse against the elderly out of the 13,000 cases recorded by the HSE between 2007 and 2013.
The 13,000 cases were revealed in a survey involving 500 banks. More than 20 percent of these cases referred to financial abuse which included depriving the elderly of their pensions or taking away their homes.
There are many examples in which very close family members are extremely cruel to their older relatives. An example shows a 70-year-old woman abandoned in a shelter after her own son took ownership of her home and refused to let her live in it after moving in.
Another case involves a woman suffering from dementia, who was charged for her son’s payments after the latter convinced her to have a joint bank account.
The results of the survey published on June 15th by Age Action hope to raise awareness regarding the unfair treatment of elderly people and act against such abuse. People working in banks, especially those from the customer service department should be on the lookout for these cases and take action if they have any suspicions regarding elderly abuse.
The Elder Abuse Awareness Week hopes to help prevent injustice and cruel attitudes against the older members of our community and encourage us to become more sensitive to their needs.
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