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Prevention and Management of Elder Abuse

  • Ruchika Kuba
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Abstract

With the increase in life expectancy, there has been an increase in the proportion of older persons. However, over the years, the importance of elderly people in society worldwide has been declining. In fact there is an alarming increase in elder abuse and neglect. The number of reported cases is only the tip of the iceberg. There is an urgent need to prevent and manage this abuse of the older population. Different strategies have been adopted by various countries. The strategies vary with the cultural background and political set-up, but the basic principles remain the same. There is a dire need to have a strong policy and framework for the implementation of the laws and programmes related to abuse. Training of the elderly, professionals dealing with them and the awareness of the society at large are some of the immediate interventions required. Coordinated multiple agency support is required to implement the same. Research is another component that is required to support the proposed strategies and look for meaningful solutions. Query ID="Q2" Text="Please provide author biography and photos." The different strategies followed in the different countries for the prevention and management are discussed in this chapter. It is the need of the hour that a multi-pronged approach to the problem be adopted for an active and healthy ageing of our population.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Health SciencesIndira Gandhi National Open UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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