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The Intersection of Ageism and Elder Abuse

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Within the twenty first century, there is a social transformation with the global success of longevity as populations’ age. The demographic transition points to both an increasing life expectancy and a greater proportion of older people. For example, the average global life expectancy has more than doubled since 1900 (Roser 2018) with life expectancy at birth being 72 years in 2016 (WHO 2018) as compared to just 53 years in 1960 (World Bank 2018). Projected figures point to a doubling of people over 60 years from 962 million in 2017 to 2.1 billion in 2050 and 3.1 billion in 2100 (United Nations 2017). While this represents a major success in human longevity, the extension in quantity of years demands a concurrent optimization of quality of life (Phelan 2018), particularly related to the ability to live a life free from abuse.

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Phelan, A., Ayalon, L. (2020). The Intersection of Ageism and Elder Abuse. In: Phelan, A. (eds) Advances in Elder Abuse Research. International Perspectives on Aging, vol 24. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-25093-5_2

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