According to a new study from the Israel Gerontological Society nearly one in five elderly Israelis suffers from some form of elder abuse. The majority of the abusers are family members who are caregivers for the affected elder. The study questioned over 1,300 people over the age of 60. Of those surveyed,  16% reported abuse and the level of abuse was reportedly higher among people suffering from senile dementia.  Miri Cohen PhD and Gideon Friedman MD were the primary authors.  The findings will be used to develop new tools that are more effective in identifying and detecting elder abuse.

Check out this video from the Irish Health Service Executive on recognising and stopping elder abuse.