By Colin Brennan
25 Jul 2013
The number of complaints of elder abuse to the health services rose 7% to 2,500 last year, according to the HSE.
The most common type of abuse was psychological at 36%, followed by financial abuse at 25%, neglect at 19% and physical abuse at 13%.
Two thirds of the alleged victims were female and there was a higher referral rate among the over 80 years age group in comparison to those aged between 65 and 79.
Most allegations of abuse were carried out by a family member.
Minister of State with responsibility for Older People Kathleen Lynch said: "It's disturbing that a small number of older people should suffer abuse in this country.
“However, there are services available for those people and it is encouraging that a greater number of older people are coming forward each year to voice their concerns.
“I would urge anyone who is concerned about abuse to seek help and support from the HSE which has a dedicated service in place for older people experiencing abuse.
“I would like to acknowledge our partners in the community, voluntary and business sectors who are continuing to work closely with the HSE to respond to elder abuse and who are committed to meeting the challenges ahead."
SOURCE: The Irish Mirror
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