Elder Law

More than 1,900 abuse cases last year

Monday, 22 February, 2010, 12:00am

Cases of abuse against elderly on the rise

Welfare group Against Elderly Abuse handled 1,780 cases of abuse against the elderly last year, an increase of 13.4 per cent on 2007. The group said 34.6 per cent of last year's cases involved complaints about people taking property of the elderly and a quarter of the cases involved mental abuse.

29 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Rise in abuse of aged among families

A charity has reported a 13 per cent rise in cases of elderly people being abused by family members. The charity, Against Elderly Abuse, said it had handled 1,780 cases last year compared to 1,570 in 2007. Cheating relatives out of money accounted for 615 of the incidents. The organisation also handled 520 cases involving theft and embezzlement at private homes for the elderly.

12 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Highlighting a hidden danger: elder abuse

After his wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Mr Lee grew so frustrated with her violent outbursts that he contemplated ending it all - for both of them.

'I was very disturbed and strained as I needed to take care of her 24 hours a day,' Mr Lee, 69, said.

2 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Elderly suffering more abuse from outsiders

Number of reported cases has jumped 20 times in a year

The number of cases of the elderly being abused by people not related to them has jumped 20 times in the second year since such data has been recorded, a situation social workers describe as 'alarming'.

15 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Family members to blame for abuse of elderly

The abusers of the elderly are likely to be the people they care for most - their children and spouses, recent research shows.

8 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Man may have forced mother to beg

Social welfare chiefs are investigating claims that a man forced his 80-year-old partially handicapped mother to beg on the street in Central.

The inquiry comes after a report in a Chinese-language newspaper yesterday claimed that the 52-year-old man regularly took his mother to the pedestrian subway leading to the Star Ferry pier at about 5pm each day.

29 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Welfare groups call for laws to improve plight of elderly abuse victims

Welfare groups have called for legislation against abuse directed at the elderly as they warned many victims do not file complaints.

Kris Tong Sung-man of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service said many elderly people did not know how to seek help. Others did not lodge complaints because they were abused by people who they depended on for financial support.

14 May 2002 - 12:00am

143 cases of elderly abuse

There were at least 143 cases of abuse of elderly people between October 1999 and February last year, lawmakers were told by the Health and Welfare Bureau. The majority were reported to have been abused by their children.

9 May 2002 - 12:00am

Senior citizen card 'should start at 60'

The Social Welfare Department was urged yesterday to lower the age of eligibility for senior citizen cards from 65 to 60.

10 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Elderly workforce

Regular exercise is the finest recipe for health in old age. It strengthens the heart, improves the circulation, maintains suppleness and keeps the mind alert. But there are better ways for the elderly to get a daily workout than by hauling a trolley through the traffic, picking up cardboard boxes.

8 Apr 1998 - 12:00am