International Journal of Gender and Health Studies Vol.10 No. 1&2 © 2017

by The Development Universal Consortia. All Rights Reserved

Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education
Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Awka, Nigeria.

Department Of Human Kinetics
Health And Safety Education
Rivers State University Of Education
Port Harcourt, Nigeria.



This study examined elder abuse and neglect and its implications for health education. The study defined elder abuse as intentional action that cause harm or create serious risk of harm to elder, the meaning of elder neglect was also looked into. The study also examined the type of elder abuse which include physical, emotion/psychological, sexual, abuse and caregiver neglect. Signs that may signal elder abuse which include physical signs (e.g. unexplained injuries, dismissive attitude, or statement about injuries and bruises), emotional/ psychological signs (e.g. withdrawal and unresponsive ommunication, fear, agitation, anxiety), sexual signs, and signs of neglect (e.g. poor personal hygiene, breakdown of the skin, malnourishment or dehydration), were examined Family stress or caregiver stress and social/cultural issues were  identified as some of the causes of elder abuse. Health implications of elder abuse were also looked into. These range from physical effects, emotional/psychological, and social effects. The study discussed ways of preventing elder abuse such as education, respite care social contact and support and counseling and recommendations were made which includes policy makers implementation of care of the elderly, awareness campaigns, establishment of elder people institutions/homes and respite care, development of broadbased awareness and cross-disciplinary training on elder abuse.