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December 14, 2011

Elderly Abuse Cases Hit Record High (JAPAN)

07 December 2011]

Abuse of the elderly is increasing in Japan amid the rapid aging of the country's society.
The welfare ministry says the number of elderly people abused by family members and caregivers hit a record high last year.

The ministry says the number of such cases reported in the year through March was over 16,700, up more than 1,000 from the previous year. The annual rise is the 4th in a row since related surveying began in 2006.
Physical abuse was reported in 63 percent of the cases, followed by verbal abuse at 39 percent.
Twenty-six percent of the cases involved neglect, such as extended failure to feed or attend to victims.
Among family members responsible for abuse, 43 percent were sons, 17 percent husbands and 16 percent daughters.

The survey also shows that nearly half of the victims had symptoms of dementia.

Japan's population aged 65 or older has reached nearly 30-million, for a record high of over 23 percent as of September 2011.
via NHK


SOURCE:      The House of Japan
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