This guest blog was contributed by our national partner, Age Cymru.
All older people should have the right to a life free from abuse, where dignity, respect and safety are part of the natural fabric of society.Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
A 2007 UK Study of Abuse and Neglect of Older People found that around 340,000 (about 1 in 25) older people living in the community are affected by abuse every year.
The same study found that Wales has the highest rate of elder abuse in the whole of the UK. Based on population figures, Age Cymru estimates that 39,000 older people in Wales are victims of abuse in their own homes.
It’s sobering to then consider the total number of suspected adult abuse cases reported in Wales in 2009-2010 was just 4,913. Clearly, there is much more that we should do to protect older people from abuse.
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