Charity calls for support as it warns of isolation and rising elder abuse

11 January 2021

Safer ageing charity Hourglass is campaigning to make its helpline available around the clock after it revealed the extent of abuse of older people.

The charity found that one in five people either had personal experience of abuse as an older person (aged 65+) or knew an older person who had been abused.

Meanwhile, 53% of people in the UK felt that the abuse and neglect of older people had increased as a result of lockdown.

Calls to the charity’s own helpline rose by 110% between 23 March 2020 to 31 Aug 2020 (compared with 1 December 2019 to 22 March 2020).

Earlier this year, Hourglass deputy CEO and policy director Veronica Gray wrote for Community Practitioner, reporting a rise in calls of 74% during January.

She said: ‘We have seen call attempts during our closed hours steadily grow, and we need support now to ensure this is the final winter without a 24/7 elder abuse helpline.’

The charity has also sent an open letter to the home secretary and devolved administrations, calling for support in ensuring that the abuse of older people is taken as seriously as abuse against other populations. 

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