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  • Writer's pictureGary Moller

Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes

An elderly woman with her caregiver
The mere loss of physical contact can kill

There are many reports of increased deaths among the elderly, as the consequence of lockdowns. To understand more about this, including the enormity of the problem, please read some of these articles and reports.

This is elder abuse.

The unintended consequences of well-intentioned public health measures.

Elder abuse can be as subtle as neglect of provision of regular dental health services. This problem of neglect is widespread throughout the developed world, presumably including New Zealand. We can add malnutrition to the list of neglects. Add the excessive and pointless use of medication, including the use of medication to control patients who might otherwise be too "stroppy" to manage.


Please read some of the articles here.


And some of these here.

Here is a resource about elder abuse that is relevant not just for the USA

"According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each year in the United States there are more than a half a million reported cases of elder abuse. Because thousands of cases go undiscovered and unreported, the actual number is considerably higher. While elder abuse in nursing homes is pandemic, there are even more cases of abuse occurring in private settings."

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