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Elder abuse in Australia: neglect

Findings from the National Elder Abuse Prevalence Study
Older people Family dynamics Elder abuse Neglect (People) Australia
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As part of the National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians (Council of Attorneys‑General, 2019), the Attorney-General’s Department commissioned the National Elder Abuse Prevalence Study (NEAPS) to investigate elder abuse. This snapshot provides the key findings of the Survey of Older People (2020), a nationally representative survey of 7,000 people aged 65 and over living in the community (i.e. they did not live in residential aged care settings). The full report on the NEAPS is available here >

How common is neglect?

The Survey of Older People indicated that 3% of community-dwelling people aged 65 and older in Australia reported experiencing neglect in the 12 months prior to the survey. This means that they had a need for support and there was someone who was meant to provide that support but didn’t. The most common form of neglect involved a failure to do routine housework (80% of those who experienced neglect), assist with transport (69%), help with shopping for groceries or clothes (57%) and prepare meals (52%). More than one-half of older participants who reported an experience of neglect nominated a failure to assist with ‘any other day-to-day activity’1 (58%).

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National elder abuse prevalence study: final report

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