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SANCHES, Ana Paula R. Amadio; LEBRAO, Maria Lúcia  and  DUARTE, Yeda Aparecida de Oliveira. Violence against aged people: a new issue?. Saude soc. [online]. 2008, vol.17, n.3, pp.90-100. ISSN 0104-1290.

The world population is getting older and this is a very well known fact. The demographic transition of the Brazilian population is just beginning, and follows the world pattern: an increase in the number of older persons with an actual chance of reaching higher ages. As a consequence, there is the need of new studies to supply data about this new aspect of the population demands. Household violence against old persons has been growing and this strongly recommends that special research studies should be conducted, in view of the risk to which these individuals are exposed. The objective of this study is to list and analyze Brazilian and international studies related to aged persons, in light of an epidemiological point of view. The article presents many ways of approaching violence against old people, considering the culture of aging, actions of public policies, the practice of health teams, and legal and ethical aspects of violence against aged people. Such a study allows the researcher to analyze different aspects of the theme, showing the need of specific research on the elderly.

Keywords : Epidemiology; Aging; Domestic Violence.

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