Disability, Frauds & Scams

Learn the Signs, Help Prevent Elder Abuse

June 16, 2016 • By

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Last Updated: August 19, 2021

WEADDFor more than 80 years, Social Security has helped secure today and tomorrow with financial benefits, information, and tools that provide a safety net throughout life’s journey.

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a day that reminds us how important it is to protect seniors in our communities.

Each year, millions of elderly adults are abused, neglected, or are financially exploited.  Often they are taken advantage of by those they trust and rely upon for assistance. According to the Administration on Aging, elders throughout the country lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually as a result of financial abuse and exploitation. Countries across the world observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to bring awareness to this epidemic.

It is critical, especially for public servants, that we do our part to protect seniors and other vulnerable persons who are at risk of financial exploitation. In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, I ask that you take time to learn the signs of elder abuse and neglect so that you will recognize them in the future. This will go a long way toward not only preventing abuse of those we serve, but also possibly preventing your loved ones from becoming victims.  Over the years, I have learned of heartbreaking cases of seniors who have lost their life’s savings as a result of deceptive scams and unscrupulous individuals.  We must work diligently to prevent such unthinkable acts.

On June 16, the second World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Global Summit will be held. It is a day of collaboration with national policy makers, advocates, financial services institutions, media, social services organizations and members of the public. I will share the many steps we have taken to raise awareness and to prevent the incidence of financial exploitation.

There is so much to learn about this issue. I encourage you to visit the Administration for Community Living and www.ncea.aoa.gov for more information. As we increase our awareness, each of us can become more proactive in our efforts to protect elderly adults in our communities and families.

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Stacy Rodgers, Chief of Staff, Social Security Administration

Stacy Rodgers, Chief of Staff, Social Security Administration


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  2. Mia L.

    Most physical wounds heal in time. But elder abuse can lead to early death, harm to physical and psychological health, destroy social and family ties, cause devastating financial loss, and more. In Lincoln Home Care provide valuable services to elder.

  3. Paulo Y.

    It’s hard to deal with a senior who has a wide range of necessities, and it’s hard to be older when age carries with it ailments and reliance. Both the requests of providing senior care and the necessities of the senior can cause circumstances in which misuse is bound to happen.

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    Thanks for raising his issue. we must respect the elders and treat them well

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  8. Peggy

    What about YONG disabled adults? My blog, https://2rthbtold.org is about a medicare scam in Nevada in a group home,
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    Investigator ‘Ike’ referred the complaint BACK to
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    medicaid fraud, but the watchdog is like a fox in the hen house

  9. Rakesh K.

    Very helpful

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