Elder abuse takes many forms; it can be physical, emotional or financial. It can be neglect or discrimination. It can happen once or it can be a repeated pattern of behaviour. It can be deliberate or it can be through ignorance or a failure in duty.

There is no excuse for elder abuse. Whatever form it takes, and for whatever reason, elder abuse is a shocking violation of trust perpetrated against older people for whom age and ill health has made them vulnerable or reliant on others.

On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Active Retirement Ireland is calling on the community to open their eyes to elder abuse, and know the signs to look for. If you suspect someone is experiencing elder abuse, or if you are an older person experiencing elder abuse, please contact the HSELive line on 1800 700 700 to report.

For more information, please visit the HSE website:

What is Elder Abuse? – Learn about the different types of elder abuse

Recognise the Signs – Find out what to look for and what signs to watch out for

Protect Yourself – Advice on reporting elder abuse and how to access help

Watch and Listen – DVD on recognising elder abuse in the community and links to the Open your Eyes short films

Resources – Information booklet, information card, annual reports and links to external agencies who support Older People

Publications – See all HSE elder abuse publications

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