New Body Bids To Protect Elderly

Efforts to protect elderly people from abuse have been boosted by the creation of a new national organisation. The Health Service Executive announced it is to establish a National Centre for the Protection of Older Persons by January.

The annoucement comes after Age Ireland revealed up to 23,000 older people are suffering some form of abuse.

The centre will place the issue of elder abuse in a wider social context, including the financial abuse of older people and their access to social welfare, health and justice services.