A systematic review and meta-analysis examining elder abuse prevalence in community settings across 28 countries identified a pooled prevalence rate of 15.7% for overall elder abuse. The rates were 11.6% for psychological abuse, 6.8% for financial abuse, 4.2% for neglect, 2.6% for physical abuse, and 0.9% for sexual abuse.
The authors of this review assert that elder abuse is a neglected global health priority.
“Although robust prevalence studies are sparse in low-income and middle-income countries, elder abuse seems to affect one in six older adults worldwide, which is roughly 141 million people”.
Yon, Y. Mikton, CR. [and] Gassoumis, ZD. [et al] (2017). Elder abuse prevalence in community settings: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Global Health. February 2017; 5(2): e147-e156.