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One in five older people in the UK have been abused, poll finds

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Abuse of older people is at “unprecedented levels” according to a leading charity.

Hourglass, formerly Action on Elder Abuse, said polling that it had commissioned suggested as many as one in five people in the UK over the age of 65 have been abused. The charity calculates that this equates to 2.7 million victims across the UK.

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