Violence and Injury Prevention

Prevention of elder maltreatment

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Between 4-6% of elderly people have experienced some form of maltreatment in the home. Elder maltreatment can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences. It is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations

WHO’s work to address the problem of elder maltreatment promotes the use of science-based approaches to better understand the magnitude and consequences; causes, and what works to prevent such violence, and to mitigate the harm suffered by victims.

Publications and campaign materials

The Toronto Declaration on the prevention of elder abuse (2002)