Are we paying enough attention?

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Elder abuse is on the rise; according to the United Nations, elder abuse is a global social issue which affects millions of older people around the world.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1 in 6 people over the age of 60 experience some form of abuse or other in their community.

The WHO defines elder abuse as “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person.” Types of abuse can range from neglect and financial, sexual, physical and psychological abuse.

Today on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we want to highlight potential signs and symptoms of elder abuse, they include:

  • unexplained injuries such as broken bones, bruises, bumps, cuts, grip marks
  • unusual patterns of injuries
  • fearful, nervous or withdrawn
  • low self-esteem
  • lack of eye contact
  • reluctant to speak openly

If you suspect a senior may be experiencing elder abuse, call the Seniors Safety Line at 1.866.299.1011 or email

To learn more about elder abuse awareness or to find additional resources, visit