Study finds 1 in 5 elderly citizens suffers from abuse

March 3, 2012 18:57

One in every five elderly citizens in Israel suffers from some form of physical, psychological or financial abuse by those who are supposed to be taking care of them, according to the findings of a study set to be published this week by the Israel Gerontological Society (ISG).

According to the study, which used a sample of some 1317 people over the age 60 and from all sectors of society, 16 percent reported experiencing some level of abuse. The levels of abuse were significantly higher among those suffering from senile dementia, researchers found, with 22% of that sub-group saying they had experienced abuse by those who care for them.

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