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Abuse of the e lderly. Haninge 2013. Problem. Abuse of the elderly tends to be a hidden/concealed problem because the person suffering the abuse lacks: -understanding they are being abused -possibility to look for help or to make a complaint

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abuse of the e lderly

Haninge 2013



Abuse of the elderly tends to be a hidden/concealed problem because the person suffering the abuse lacks:

-understanding they are being abused

-possibility to look for help or to make a complaint

-will/courage to look for help because of a dependency relationship (Elderly people do not usually make a complaint against their own children. Information about violence does not reach the police and therefore the local council either, or does so in very rare occasions.)

The victim does not look for help because they are afraid of:

- abandonment, lack of care

- retribution

- being sent to an institution (isolation from their loved ones)

- shame that such thing has happened to them

- blaming themselves

The cases are not made public because of:

- economic/emotional dependency

- loneliness ‒ lack of support from family and friends

- hope that the situation or the person will change

- concern about children (on-going parental care towards an adult child)

The Estonian Constitution obliges family to take care of its members who need help.

Estonian Family Law names children and grandchildren as the main people who should take care of the elderly.

All adult first- and second-line ascending and descending relatives are obliged to provide care.

The national social security system guarantees all citizens a minimum subsistence level. The state is responsible for ensuring protection against poverty.


generations of the family live separately,

long distances apart.

The elderly are lonely and lack a social network

The younger generation is often unable to guarantee that the elderly are economically and emotionally looked after

A family can be at the same time obliged to look after under-age children as well as elderly parents.

The obligation to look after somebody may impede one of the family members from going to work

An elderly person might be a caregiver for another family member and the obligations can exceed limits

Managing their existing property is often unaffordable for them

People cope in their own homes with the help of support services, and leaving home poses a problem

ways the elderly are abused

Ways the elderly are abused:







the most endangered are

- isolated families

  • - families who refuse services that are offered to them
  • - violent families
  • - families who abuse alcohol and drugs
  • - disabled individuals
Themostendangered are:

- Informing the person of their rights.

  • - Granting the elderly people an active lifestyle and independence
  • - Daycarecentres
  • - Creating a personal safety plan
  • - Usingcommunityresources
  • - Offeringvariouscareservices
  • - The moral support, including care and tolerance
  • - Trainingthestaff.
  • Creating a collaboration network in the field.
  • - Media ‒ raising awareness, formation of attitudes
  • - Breaking the myth of family privacy!
  • - The danger of abuse is alleviated by