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Unfortunately, elder abuse is not uncommon. Abuse can come in many different forms and can sometimes be hard to recognise


Physical abuse – which can range from deliberate to just poor handling


Social abuse – disrespect, being left alone


Financial abuse – alarmingly common, when cares abuse their trust and exploit or steal from the person they care for

Between two to ten per cent of older Australians experience abuse. People with dementia patients are especially vulnerable because they may not recognise it or be able to report it.


The following webpage provides explanations of the different types of abuse and the signs of abuse you should look out for – and, of course, avoid