Call for action to combat elder abuse

An estimated 4% of the five million Canadians older than 65 experience some form of abuse or neglect, according to an article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Elders most at risk of abuse are in poor health, disabled or divorced.

The authors suggest providing financial support to caregivers who are unable to work outside home because of their carer duties, increasing home support programs and establishing caregiver support groups across the country.
CMAJ 2012; online 17 Septr