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Vol. 10, Special Issue 12 (2021)

Abuse in geriatrics-prevalence and its perpetrators

Ashma Khan and Manju Dahiya
Ageing is the process of growing older at the cellular, organ, or whole-body level throughout the life span. According to the 2011 Census, 8.6 per cent of people are aged above 60 years. Subsequently, the global population of the elderly is projected to increase further and reach 1.4 billion by 2030 and 2.1 billion by 2050. Several elder abuse cases have been reported as these people are easy victims of violence and criminal activities. The term “abuse” comprises various dimensions such as physical abuse, emotional abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse and violation of rights. Elderly abuse has been described as intentional actions that cause harm or risk of injuries, such as a caregiver’s failure to satisfy the basic needs and safe living conditions of the elderly (Cohen, 2004). The paper concluded that most geriatrics faced financial abuse in district Nuh. In contrast, the same trend was also observed in district Hisar, and their daughter-in-law was the primary perpetrators. All types of abuses (physical, emotional, and sexual) were found more in female than male except financial abuse.
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How to cite this article:
Ashma Khan and Manju Dahiya. Abuse in geriatrics-prevalence and its perpetrators. The Pharma Innovation Journal. 2021; 10(12S): 222-227.

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