Mumbai among worst cities for elderly, Delhi much safer'

"We've been watching all the appalling stories coming out - Mr Clarence Hausler, The Australian reported on the insulin murders and also Oakden - but we mustn't forget older people being abused by family and friends sitting in their own home". "We must do much more to prevent and respond to the increasing frequency of different forms of abuse".

"Elder abuse can affect any family in any community", Attorney General DeWine said.

Any person who suspects abuse or neglect of an older person should call the statewide, 24-hour abuse hotline at 1-866-800-1409. "It often involves a person in a position of power or trust who takes advantage of an older adult".

She says that it was also revealed in a study conducted in 2010 that neglect of elderly persons stands at 58.5 percent, physical abuse of elderly persons is 15.7 percent, financial exploitation is 12.3 percent and emotional abuse is 7.3 percent. Sadly, even as the study shows that a large section of the elderly like going out and cope with challenges, a massive 42% said they avoid stepping out as far as possible.

"Elder abuse is a sensitive topic". On the bright side, however, the country's capital emerged as a comparatively caring society, with only 23% of Delhi's elders facing any abuse in public.

"Addressing elder abuse is one of my main priorities as Minister for Seniors".

"Elder abuse is rarely discussed in policy circles, less prioritized for research and addressed by only a handful of organizations", notes Dr Etienne Krug, Director of the WHO Department for the Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention. The Strategy provides guidance for coordinated action in countries that aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals.

India's no country for old men, and women, while Bengaluru is among the worst places for the elderly to live in, if the results of a countrywide survey released on the eve of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day are anything to go by. It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations.

  • Leroy Wright