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[en] Elder maltreatment was frst mentioned in a scientifc publication in 1975; nowa-
days elder abuse has gained the necessary visibility to become internationally
recognised as a global public health and social matter. However data and studies
on this specifc form of violence and the understanding of the phenomenon are
still quite limited; recent meta-analysis tried to estimate the scale of the problem
and indicated a combined prevalence for overall elder abuse in the past year
between 14.3% and 15.7%, psychological abuse being the most common form of
elder abuse both in community and residential settings. Elder abuse and neglect (EAN) has extensive effects on the quality of life,
morbidity and mortality of older adults, and health workers are in a unique posi-
tion to identify it.
The global elderly population is increasing dramatically worldwide, from 900
million in 2015 to nearly 2 billion in 2050, so the incidence and prevalence of
EAN will increase as well concomitantly. Identifcation and management of
elder abuse need to be a priority of healthcare providers. At the same time, urgent
steps should be taken by policymakers around the globe targeting the population
changes and risk factors for EAN comprehensively, from every possible aspect.