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Elder Abuse + Culture

Empowering All Voices Against Elder Abuse 

Different cultures experience and perceive elder abuse in varying ways due to their distinct values, traditions, and societal norms. 

These experiences can vary widely within each culture based on factors such as individual family dynamics, personal values, and access to resources. Understanding how different cultures experience and perceive elder abuse is crucial for creating effective and sensitive approaches to prevention and intervention. 

Because culture affects how people perceive and define elder abuse, many aging adults face linguistic, cultural, social, and institutional barriers when reporting abuse or seeking help. It is important to ensure fairness and justice for all older adults regardless of their background, identity, or circumstances, promote respect for older adults of all backgrounds, and empower all voices against elder abuse.

Below are resources that can offer additional education around how culture impacts elder abuse and offer resources that can help break down those barriers to better meet the unique needs of the communities we serve.