The abuse of older persons is increasingly a source of great concern world-wide. The abuse may involve physical, psychological, emotional and verbal aggression, or financial or other material maltreatment. Regardless of the form of abuse, it may lead to physical and mental health problems, and decreased quality of life for the older person. Indeed, it may be a source of suffering, injury or pain. Notwithstanding, there is little information about the abuse of older persons. To the extent that such information exists, it is often inconsistent and based on relatives or caregivers reports rather than on the reports from the older persons themselves. The lack of reliable information about the abuse of older persons is evident in many of the European Union Member States.
"ABUEL – Elder abuse: A multinational prevalence survey" will address some of these issues. Concretly, ABUEL aims at among other things: (a) Providing data on the extent and nature of the abuse of older persons; (b) Examining the "determinants" of the abuse of older persons; and (c) Examining the effects of the abuse on the health and quality of life of older persons. The ABUEL data will be collected in 7 of the European Union Member States (Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain, Sweden) by means of standardized assessment instruments and methods.
It is expected that the information provided by ABUEL will be useful for policy makers, health analysts, planners, care providers and older people’s organisations, both in the participating States and more broadly, supporting them in their work to improve the situation of the elderly at risk of abuse as well as to prevent this phenomenon from occurring.
June 28, 2010
Abuel will present its findings at the International Conference, Quality of Life and Maltreatment of Elderly in Europe. The conference will be held in Madrid in the Assembly Hall at the Ministry of Health and Social Policy.
October 22-23, 2009
The fourth ABUEL project meeting will be held in Granada (Spain) to discuss data processing and data reporting issues.