Today, June 15th, the “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day” is celebrated. Neat Group is fully aware with this cause and for which we work every day in collaboration with other companies and institutions to visibility this problem and to encourage the good treatment for elderly people.
The global population of people aged 60 years and older will more than double, from 542 million in 1995 to about 1.2 billion in 2025. Around 6% of elderly people have experienced some form of maltreatment at home. Elder maltreatment can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences, and furthermore, the incidence of abuse towards older people is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations.
To create awareness of this problem the General Assembly of the United Nations established June 15th as the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
The mistreatment in older people is an attack not only to their rights, but also to their dignity. Moreover, it is this sector of the population that is more likely to be victims of abuse because of their vulnerability generated by their lack of physical autonomy, loss of social role and low income levels.
Like our CEO, Adolfo Tamames, explained at the talk “Mistreatment in elderly and gender violence” organized by Senda Group and attended by the Mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena and Secretary of State for Social Services and Equality, Susana Camarero (among others), loneliness, is also another kind of abuse to be avoided. Tamames explained that “telecare services are the greatest antidote to loneliness, a fact that explains many of these situations,” and he recommended to use this service “to include other services such as advanced telecare to detect abuse. Specialized telecare enables monitoring and the creation of a record of each case, continuous assessment and identification of episodes of risk”.