CHICAGO, IL – Nearly 1 in 10 American senior citizens are abuse or neglected each year. Furthermore, only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse is reported to authorities, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Elder abuse is not limited to just physical abuse; it may include psychological or sexual abuse or may manifest itself through financial exploitation or theft.
Throughout the month of June, government agencies and organizations promote local and national events to alert communities, seniors, caregivers, and others the signs to look for in elder abuse. They also stress the importance of understanding, recognizing, and reporting this type of abuse when it’s suspected.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations.
The purpose of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is to provide communities around the nation the opportunity to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect in senior citizens by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes that affect elder abuse and neglect.
How You Can Raise Awareness
We know from history that small actions have the ability to dramatically change the course of outcomes. Here are a few, but very important ways that you can help spread awareness of nursing home abuse and promote equality for senior citizens:
- Discuss with your children to treat elders with dignity.
- Stay informed of policies and laws regarding elder neglect and abuse.
- Learn someone’s story or share yours.
- Post information on your social media platforms about elder abuse.
- Join Ageless Alliance: United Against Elder Abuse, a social movement dedicated to the cause
We must protect the one of the most vulnerable age groups. Elders deserve to age with respect and dignity. If you know something, say something. If you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected, please report this right away and take action to ensure they are protected. Our nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys are here to help and give you and your family a voice. For a free consultation, call our office at (312) 384-1920 today.