Applied Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

Elderly Abuse: A Neglected Issue in Developing Countries

*Hom Nath Chalise
Department Of Social Gerontology, Population Association Of Nepal, Nepal

*Corresponding Author:
Hom Nath Chalise
Department Of Social Gerontology, Population Association Of Nepal, Nepal

Published on: 2018-10-30


Population ageing is an important issue globally. Abuse of the elderly is an important social and public health issue arising from this increase in longevity. Most of the literature on elder abuse is based on studies conducted in developed countries and very little is known about elder abuse in developing countries. There is also cultural variation how abuse of the elderly is perceived. The volume of the elderly population is increasing rapidly in developing countries while traditional social support systems are deteriorating each day due to urbanization and modernization. Subsequently, elderly individuals are at a high risk of being abused. Studies show that the abuse of the elderly has an impact on the health and well-being of elders and can lead to increased health care costs nationwide. It is imperative that international and state organizations as well as every member of society take action to solve the hidden elder abuse issue through comprehensive research so that the elderly can enjoy their remaining years.


Elderly abuse; Abuse of Elderly; Mistreatment of Elderly; Elderly; Developing Country


There is no commonly accepted definition of elder abuse. Elder abuse is typically defined differently by various professionals to fit discipline-specific purposes such as legal, law enforcement, medical or protection requirements. The concept of elder abuse is also understood differently by older people and caregivers.