World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - Sunday, June 15, 2014
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Administration for Community Living, "every year an estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that's only part of the picture: Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as 23 cases go unreported."
You can do your part to help prevent elder abuse by becoming active in this year's World Elder Abuse Awareness Day!
The National Center on Elder Abuse offers 12 Things that Anyone Can Do to Prevent Elder Abuse.
- Learn the signs of elder abuse and neglect.
- Call or visit an elderly loved one.
- Provide a respite break for a caregiver.
- Ask your bank manager to train tellers on how to detect elder financial abuse.
- Ask your doctor to ask you and all other senior patients about possible family violence in their lives.
- Contact your local Adult Protective Services or Long-term Care Ombudsman.
- Organize a "Respect Your Elders" essay or poster contest at your child's school.
- Ask your religious congregation's leader to give a talk about elder abuse at a service or to put a message about elder abuse in the bulletin.
- Volunteer to be a friendly visitor to a nursing home resident or to a homebound senior in your neighborhood.
- Send a letter to your local paper, radio, or TV Station suggesting that they cover World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15) or Grandparents Day in September.
- Dedicate your bikeathon/marathon/other event to mistreatment awareness and prevention.
- join the Ageless Alliance. Ageless Alliance connects people of all ages, nationwide who stand united for teh dignity of older adults and for elimination of elder abuse. you can join (it's free) and get involved at agelessalliance.org.
Click HERE for a poster of these 12 doable tips.