One in ten older adults report being abused, neglected or exploited by someone they know, such as a spouse, partner, family member, or caregiver. Yet, many victims aren’t connected with social services or other avenues of support that can help them. IPV in later life is often undetected by healthcare providers, in part due to misconceptions and the complexity of elder mistreatment. However, health care providers and aging services program staff can play an important role in talking to patients about abuse in later life, including healthy and unhealthy relationships between their spouse, partner, family members, friends and caregivers.
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