A survey has revealed that 35 per cent of people in the UK do not believe “inappropriate sexual acts directed at older people” count as abuse, and nearly 30 per cent do not view “pushing, hitting, or beating an older person” as abuse.
Almost one third also said they do not see “taking precious items from an older relative’s home without asking” as abuse.
Abuse of older people is at “unprecedented levels” – with almost 2.7 million victims thought to be affected in the UK, the charity behind the survey has said.
Hourglass gave the warning after it commissioned the survey which said 22 per cent of UK residents have personal experience of abuse of an older person, or know someone who has been targeted.
The charity, which promotes safer ageing, believes attitudes regarding what counts as abuse is fuelling the problem.
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