IJSRP, Volume 5, Issue 6, June 2015 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
S.Sampath Kumar, S.Girijakumari & V.Brindha
A descriptive study was conducted among 80 elderly people using convenient sampling technique at Jawahar Nagar, Coimbatore to identify the prevalence of elderly abuse. The data was collected through an interview schedule by adopting the Elder Abuse Suspicion Index (EASI) tool. The finding reveals that 70% of them were between 60 and 70 years, females and were not working. Half of them had some form of assets and lived with their spouse, while 20% lived with their married daughter and 30% with their sons. Seventy percent of them had one or more medical problems like Hypertension, Diabetes mellitus and Asthma. Half of them expected help from their spouse, 40% from their children and 10% from their grand children. Further the finding reveals that 56% of them relied on others for carrying out their activities of daily living. About 30% of them complained about limitation of freedom and psychological abuse, while 19% complained of financial abuse and none of them notified of physical abuse. In 10% of the elderly the researcher was able to notice behaviours like poor eye contact and withdrawn behaviour which can be related to some form of abuse. The notable finding in the study was that, the elderly who lives with their married daughters were faced lesser abuse than the old people reside with their son.