Report looks at elder abuse factors

NZ Herald February 26, 2008

Isolation, poor health and having family members with mental health or substance abuse issues raise the risk of elder abuse, a Families Commission report says. The study, released today, covers psychological, physical, sexual and financial abuse of the elderly.

This report gathers the views of a wide range of organisations, individuals and experts on how elder abuse and neglect occurs and what can be done to prevent it. It includes interviews with 15 older people who had been abused and 22 who had not.