'Disturbing' elderly abuse rise

There has been a "disturbing" rise in the number of reports of suspected abuse of vulnerable older people, a charity has warned. Charity Age UK said that any sort of abuse against the elderly is "unacceptable".

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Elderly abusers 'likely to be care workers and family'

New findings suggest care workers and family are the most likely alleged abusers of elderly people.

Findings from Age UK have revealed a rise in the number of reports of suspected abuse of elderly people.

These numbers are disturbing: even though growing awareness of the abuse of older people is likely to have contributed to the increase in the number of safeguarding concerns reported to and taken forward by English councils, they concern some of the most vulnerable people in our society, many of whom feel that they have no-one to turn to for help.

Any abuse of older people is unacceptable and we need a zero-tolerance approach to any abuse, whether through neglect, financial manipulation or physical or mental cruelty.

Our biggest fear is that there are still many cases that are not reported and we would encourage anyone who suspects that an older person is being abused to contact their social services department or the police straight away.

The Care Bill presents the ideal opportunity to ensure that vulnerable adults living in our community are given the best possible protection from neglect and abuse.

– Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK

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