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Learn 5 Ways to Help Prevent Elder Abuse

June 14, 2024 • By

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Last Updated: June 14, 2024

Older and younger woman hugEach year, June 15 – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) – promotes awareness about elder neglect and abuse.

In the United States, an estimated 1 in 10 adults over the age of 60 experience some form of abuse each year.

Nearly 80% of Social Security beneficiaries are 65 and older, and we want to do what we can to protect them.

Here are 5 ways to help prevent your loved ones and other older adults from becoming victims of abuse:

  1. Learn the signs. Be on the lookout for physical and emotional abuse, as well as signs of financial abuse, neglect, or abandonment. You’ll find more information here.
  2. Prevent isolation. Call or visit your loved ones and check on them regularly. Ask them how they’re doing and if they’re getting the care they need. People who are isolated are more likely to be abused.
  3. Provide information. Make your loved ones aware of resources like community centers, law enforcement agencies, and advocacy organizations that they can turn to if they need help.
  4. Be a friend. Commit to visiting an older person in your community and be a lifeline, if they need one.
  5. Spread the message. Contact local media outlets and neighborhood programs and encourage them to participate in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

We are all responsible for ensuring that everyone can age with dignity and live without fear of abuse.

In underserved and tribal communities, which may not have outreach programs, you can be the link between older adults and the resources they need.

For more information on elder abuse prevention, visit www.ncea.acl.gov or call 855-500-3537 (ELDR). Share this message on social media, with friends, family, and local organizations.

 

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