Elder Abuse, Law and Rights


Elder abuse is a global human rights issue which continues to increase in prevalence and severity despite efforts in many countries of the world. 

One in every 10 older people are abused by physical, sexual, psychological, emotional or financial means and material abuse; abandonment; neglect; and serious loss of dignity and respect

Elder abuse by the very complex nature of interrelationships is difficult to identify and proceed to prosecution.  The adequacy of existing legislative and administrative frameworks to safeguard the legal rights of seniors is frequently raised as an issue around the world. 

Older people are often vulnerable as their function and independence diminishes due to increased frailties.  Many do not have appropriate legal arrangements to provide necessary safeguards. 

The growth in seniors will only exacerbate existing issues that older citizens face, including elder abuse, unless societies as a whole take immediate concerted action to address the problems.

Soft laws such as the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) and the Toronto Declaration on the Global Prevention of Elder Abuse while using a right based approach are not obligatory.

The work and mandate of the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing toward an International Convention on the Rights of Older Persons is an important campaign for civil society engagement.

Abstract Overview

The IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing, to-date, has received a broad range of Elder Abuse, Law and Rights papers from countries, including the United States, Canada, China, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, United Kingdom and Belgium.  The papers explore the problems faced by older adults experiencing abuse, identify strategies to assist those most at risk and encourage discussion and debate about the adequacy of existing laws and how to establish stronger legal rights for seniors.

Topics being canvassed include:

  • National responses to elder abuse
  • Financial transfers, rights and abuse from an intergenerational purview
  • Models to raise awareness toward preventing elder abuse
  • Where is the ‘law’ on elder abuse and neglect
  • Safeguarding the rights and freedoms of older people

Speaker Highlight

Professor Liesbeth De Donder (Belgium) will present a paper entitled “Detection and Prevention of Elder Abuse in the Community: Why? How? Who?” that focusses on training professionals to prevent and assess elder abuse by developing and testing the Elder Abuse Risk Assessment Instrument.

Dr Catherine Barrett (Australia) will lead a symposium on the issues faced by older LGBTI and conclude with a framework for the development of LGBTI age friendly cities. Dr Barrett’s work has included addressing sexual abuse and this work triggered her interest in addressing the sociological factors that contribute to elder abuse – particularly the need to address ageism and create age friendly cities.

Please note the program is subject to change.

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Register today and don’t miss your opportunity to meet experts and like-minded individuals at the IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing.

The IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing welcomes further oral, poster, symposium or workshop abstracts that address Elder Abuse, Law and Rights.

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Saturday 30 January 2016
Author registration deadline (Late Call for Abstracts)
Tuesday 22 March 2016
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Tuesday 22 March 2016
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Tuesday 21 - Thursday 23 June 2016

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