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12 Things You can do to Help Stop Elder Abuse

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Today, June 15th, Nash & Franciskato are acknowledging World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It’s unfortunate that we actually have to have a day called World Elder Abuse Awareness Day; however, many of our elderly are in care situations where they suffer abuse and neglect on a daily basis.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, launched by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations in 2006, works to generate awareness of the estimated 5 million older Americans that are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation every year.

This is a great opportunity to share this list of 12 things anyone can do to prevent elder abuse (taken from the National Center on Elder Abuse website).

  1. Learn the signs of elder abuse and neglect.
  2. Call or visit an elderly loved one and ask how he or she is doing.
  3. Provide a respite break for a caregiver.
  4. Ask your bank manager to train tellers on how to detect elder financial abuse.
  5. Ask your doctor to ask you and all other senior patients about possible family violence in their lives.
  6. Contact your local Adult Protective Services or Long-Term Care Ombudsman to learn how to support their work helping at-risk elders and adults with disabilities.
  7. Organize a “Respect Your Elders” essay or poster contest in your child’s school.
  8. Ask your religious congregations’ leader to give a talk about elder abuse at a service or to put a message about elder abuse in the bulletin.
  9. Volunteer to be a friendly visitor to a nursing home resident or to a homebound senior in your neighborhood.
  10. 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.
  11. Dedicate your bikeathon/marathon/other event to elder mistreatment awareness and prevention.
  12. Join the Ageless Alliance, which connects people of all ages, nationwide, who stand united for the dignity of older adults and for the elimination of elder abuse. It’s free to join so get involved at www.agelessalliance.org.

Join us to keep the momentum going to stop elder abuse.

If your elderly loved one has been mistreated or suffered injuries because of elder abuse or neglect, help protect his or her rights. Contact us for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.


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