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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.

A Fair Society for All? Listening to the Voices of Older People

Often, inequalities experienced by older people reflect an accumulated disadvantage which can be as a result of factors such as socio-economic status, health, gender, location. How existing inequalities impact on us as we age is something we in Age Action explored through a panel discussion 10 September – A Fair Society For All? Listening to the Voice of Older People – in Croke Park, on the occasion of the Annual General Meeting 2019.

An audience of over 160 people, including members of Age Action and people working in the ageing sector, joined the conversatoin which included a panel disucssion moderated by the CEO Paddy Connolly. The discussion centred on a discussion paper, Equality for All - Older People for Equality, published by Age Action in advance.The  panel set the scene with inputs from Michael Taft, Economist and political economy columnist, Colette Bennett, Policy Analyst Social Justice Ireland, Deirdre Garvey, CEO The Wheel, Ailbhe Smith, Co-Director of Together for Yes.