Occupying a unique position amongst other 'older people's organisations', Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) focuses exclusively on the issue of elder abuse, not as one issue among many, but as a single focus. For this reason AEA has extensive expertise that is not available from any other charity or agency.
The charity was established in 1993 by a group of practitioners from health and social care, and academics and representatives from the voluntary sector who were concerned about the lack of information and assistance for those who were abused or at risk of abusing. Today, the organisation addresses abuse within people's own homes — whether by family, friends or paid staff — in sheltered housing, and in care homes and hospitals.
Some of AEA’s major achievements have included a Parliamentary Health Select Committee Inquiry into elder abuse, a Prevalence Study into the extent of elder abuse in communities across the United Kingdom, a Government review of adult safeguarding policy in England and Wales, Adult Safeguarding clauses in a draft Bill on Care and Support, collaboration on BBC programmes about elder abuse, and the engagement of other organisations on aspects of the issue. 2015 saw the expansion of AEA into Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, with the appointment of directors in these nations. The charity is now steadily working to build on the platform it has spent the last 23 years cultivating.