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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.

Input into the Nursing Home Expert Panel on perspectives and experiences in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic

(17 June) The Alliance of Age Sector NGOs, represented by Age Action, is meeting with the Nursing Home Expert Panel to communicate perspectives and experiences in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on nursing homes, with a particular focus on planning the further responses to nursing homes’ needs over the next 18 months.  National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), chaired by the Government’s Chief Medical Officer, was established in January. It has been providing direction, guidance, support and expert advice on the development and implementation of Ireland’s strategic response to the pandemic. The Panel is due to report to the Minister for Health by end June 2020 and is has undertaken a public consultation details of which are available here.