Bullying Knows No Age

In a special report published by the Kearney Courier-Tribune, author Amanda Lubinski reports that statistics from Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services in 2011 indicate that the incidence of people age 60 and older  being abused increased 23.8 percent between 2007 and 2011 with a total of 17,571 reports made in 2011. The department said an increased number of baby boomers reaching retirement age, economic stressors from the recent recession, and increased awareness of elderly abuse issues and how to report them are factors in the increase.

Experts say senior bullying can occur in one or more of the following ways: physical, mental or emotional abuse by a peer or caregiver; physical, emotional or mental abuse of a caregiver by a senior; and financial exploitation of a senior.

“Most bullying among seniors is a form of social aggression. That can be gossip, rumor spreading, undermining relationships and territorial behaviors like turning public space into private-use or controlled spaces,” Deborah Babbitt, licensed master social worker and bullying expert at Northland Shepherd’s Center, said.

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM THE MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SENIOR SERVICES, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

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