New Zealand News
May 24 2013
There is horror at the case of an elderly Napier woman found fused to furniture after apparently having been confined to a couch for at least three years.
The woman's daughter, who is aged in her fifties, is facing a charge of failing to provide the necessaries of life.
Age Concern's National Advisor on Elder Abuse, Louise Collins, says while there is no data to suggest how widespread elder abuse is in New Zealand, there is international research to draw on.
"If we use the statistics that have been found in the UK, that works out at two people very hour in New Zealand."
Louise Collins says elder abuse encompasses emotional, financial and physical abuse - with a family member usually the perpetrator.
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