Ageism contributes to elder abuse. According to data available from the National Council on Aging, approximately one out of every 10 people over the age of 60 have experienced some form of elder abuse. Some studies say that as many as five million elderly people in this country face some sort of abuse every year.
Getting older should never mean that a person is looked down on or disrespected. Unfortunately, there are plenty of myths about aging that perpetuate stereotypes that, in turn, lead to disrespect of the elderly. Unfortunately, this disrespect can rise to the level of abuse or neglect. Here, we want to discuss five of the most