Magazine article European Social Policy

Social Policy : Elder Abuse Widespread, Says Eu Survey

Magazine article European Social Policy

Social Policy : Elder Abuse Widespread, Says Eu Survey

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As Europeans live longer, the share of the EU population aged over 80 is due to increase three or four-fold, to 12%, by 2050. More and more people will depend on the care of relatives or professional carers and be vulnerable to neglect or even abuse. This is becoming a major challenge across Europe, as confirmed by a survey presented by the European Commission(1), on 17 March .

Almost half (47%) of people across the EU consider the phenomenon to be widespread in their country. A high-level EU conference(2), held on 17 March in Brussels, aimed to offer policy makers and experts an opportunity to discuss the quality of care for frail elderly people and pool ideas on preventing elder abuse.

"Member states are starting to support the carers and relatives better through training and guidance, they have started to protect the elderly by creating support groups and telephone hotlines and are creating transparent and patient-oriented monitoring systems for the quality of long-term care. I welcome this and at the same time much more needs to be done all across Europe," underlined Vladimir pidla, the EU's social affairs commissioner. …

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