elder abuse is under reported, not adequately addressed and dangerously invisible.
In Southern Africa and the rest of the world persons are living longer. Although this is a huge success story, old age is often seen negatively and too many older persons experience discrimination, violence and abuse. Elder abuse sadly is a growing trend throughout the region. Violence against older men and women is a violation of human rights and human dignity. It is often taboo to speak about it and older men and women who are victims of elder abuse do not report it. Thus, elder abuse is under reported, not adequately addressed and dangerously invisible.
The way old age is viewed must be changed if society and individuals are to continue to flourish in an ageing world. Although old age does bring changes in physical and mental health that will affect everyone, old age can no longer be treated only as a time of decline and loss. Ageing should be positive both for individuals and for societies. The energy and commitment of older people across the world provide enormous social benefits.
Resources and case studies on this page cover the need, gaps and best practices regarding achieving the right to safety and security, and freedom from all forms of discrimination, violence and abuse, for older women and men.