“Elder abuse is often more severe for ‘youngest old’” – Futurity.org

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sad_older_woman“As the population of older adults in North America nearly doubles over the next 25 years, this problem will just get bigger,” says David Burnes. (Credit: iStockphoto)

“When older adults live alone with an abuser, they’re up to four times more likely to be mistreated, but a new study suggests another person living in the home can play a protective role to buffer severity.

“‘Older adults are particularly vulnerable to severe mistreatment when the abuser has unrestricted and uninhibited access to the victim,’ says Karl Pillemer, professor of human development and gerontology at Weill Cornell Medical College and coauthor of the study.

“Research on older adults tends to categorize subjects according to different age groups, including the ‘youngest old’ (ages 60 to 74) and the ‘oldest old’ (ages 85 and up). Surprisingly, the findings show that across each type of elder abuse, it was the ‘youngest old’ who experienced the most severe forms of mistreatment.

“‘These findings challenge the prevailing belief that the oldest old are more vulnerable to the most severe forms of elder abuse, although we need more research that includes older adults with cognitive impairment and those living in long-term care settings,’ says coauthor Mark Lachs, professor of medicine and co-chief of geriatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College.”

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One response

  1. I cannot fathom how anyone could abuse the elderly and children. Oh how we forget that getting old is something that will happen to all of us if death does not take us first.


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