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A report released on Tuesday by the Israeli Ministry of Welfare revealed that last year the number of complaints involving the abuse of the elderly rose by 17%.
One third of the complaints dealt with various forms of mental abuse, 21% with physical abuse, and 18% dealt with cases in which the elderly person was subjected to financial exploitation.
Alarmingly, an increase in the sexual abuse of the elderly had also been noticed.
The Ministry of Welfare stated that the increase of complaints is the result of increased awareness and attention to the needs and well-being of the elderly.