|Commissioned by||Respect Victoria|
|Conducted by||Gender and Disaster Pod and the National Ageing Research Institute|
The report found that during 2020:
- Older people experienced increased ageism, social isolation, and a number of other factors that are considered drivers or risk factors for elder abuse.
- Ageism was present in the media, as well as public and political discourse during the height of the pandemic. The value of older people’s lives was discussed in relation to the economy and older people experienced deaths at a disproportionate rate, particularly in aged care settings.
- Risk factors increased for both older people and caregivers, including financial hardship, anxiety, stress and decreased access to health care and exercise.
- Older people who hold intersecting identities – for example, women or those from migrant and refugee communities – also faced disproportionate impacts.