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Our Work on Elder Abuse

Age Action is committed to raising awareness about the implications of an ageing society and the necessity to put in place legislation and policies to safeguard the status of older people. A central feature of this work involves addressing the issue of elder abuse.

Elder abuse is defined as “a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person or violates their human and civil rights.” (Protecting Our Future, Report of the Working Group on Elder Abuse, 2002).

There are a number of types of elder abuse, including physical abuse, financial or material abuse, psychological abuse, neglect and acts of omission, sexual abuse and discriminatory abuse.

Our projects

We have undertaken a wide variety of projects on this important issue over the last number of years, including: 

Research Reports on Elder Abuse

In 2011 we conducted research on older people's understanding of the issue of elder abuse.

Concerned about elder abuse?

If you are concerned about a suspected case of elder abuse please call the HSE helpline on 1850 24 1850 (Monday to Saturday – 8am to 8pm).

For further information please consult the HSE’s website on elder abuse.

Age Action | Elder Abuse

Watch our video about the issue of Financial Elder Abuse.

Age Action's Spring Raffle Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Spring Raffle and to all those who supported this year’s campaign. We are so grateful to the many hundreds of people who support us and with your help we raised valuable funds for our advocacy and programmes work with older people.

1st

J Doran
Co Dublin

2nd         

J O'Sullivan
Co Cork

3rd

I Coghlan
Co Dublin

Sellers Prize

U Smiley
Co Dublin

Thank you to all who supported the raffle, this is one of our biggest and most reliable fundraisers, so your support makes all the difference