Older Australians More Likely to Be Abused

The Australian Institute of Family Studies has released a report that depicted the Australian older generation as more likely to be abused by their family members and caretakers.

According to The Conversation, there are various factors that account for older people abuse like the psychological, physical, financial, and sexual abuse. Negligence also posed a great impact on the cognitive status of the ageing generation in several cases. The report stated that elder abuse is mostly not visible, but it affects an old person when a family member or any trustworthy person turns into an abuser by neglecting or abusing him/her. Among the cases, adult children abusing their parents is the most prominent one as observed in recent times.

According to the data released by the report, two to 10 percent of aged nationals are subject to abuse, the proportion of which might rise gradually. Seeing the increasing scenarios of elder abuse, the federal government has called on to the Australia Law Reform Commission to find relevant ways to protect older Australians.

Attorney General George Brandis has announced on Tuesday to hold an inquiry in framing relevant laws and frameworks to guard ageing Australians from being abused. The commission will not only ensure the elderly’s protection but will also promote respect for their rights. The inquiry is expected to report on May 2017. “It is a symptom of attitudes which fail to respect and recognise the rights of older Australians to make decisions and to live with dignity,” Brandis said as quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Brandis confirmed that the latest inquiry led by the commission will “scrutinise existing Commonwealth laws and frameworks which seek to safeguard and protect older persons from misuse or abuse by formal and informal carers, supporters, representatives and others.”

The report also stated that financial abuse is among the most common elder abuses, though there is no sufficient data to explore the fact. “We say that it frequently is a form of family violence – because it happens within families – but the significant difference is that it’s most often between generations,” said Jenny Blakely from Seniors Rights Victoria.

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