REAGERA – Responding to Elder Abuse in Geriatric Care


In Swedish studies about 15% of older women and men report that they have been subjected to emotional, physical, sexual or financial abuse or neglect. The perpetrator is most often reported to be an intimate partner, other relatives and/or staff from elderly care.

There are strong associations between elder abuse and ill-health, but the abuse is often unknown to care givers. Using a screening instrument as a tool to identify abused elders has been suggested, but validated instruments in Swedish are lacking. '

Also, little is known about the experience of elder abuse and what kind of interventions elders themselves want. The long term goal of this project is to prevent psychological ill-health among elders and promote a healthy, active ageing by improving the identification of abused elders and the response given to them within the health care system.

Specific aims

  • Study I: Investigate staff preparedness to handle elder abuse
  • Study II: Validate a screening instrument for elder abuse.
  • Study III: Explore victims’ experiences of elder abuse.
  • Study IV: Explore preferred intervention for elder abuse among victims. Data collection will take place during spring 2018. In study I staff will answer a questionnaire (n=180).

In study II a screening instrument will be tested among Swedish speaking patients, age 65 years and older who are cognitively and physically well enough to participate (n=300).

Men and Women who have been subjected to elder abuse will be interviewed in study III-IV.

This study is funded by the Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority and Region Östergötland.

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