World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEADD) . The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.WHAT IS ELDER ABUSE?
Elder abuse refers to intentional or negligent acts by a caregiver or “trusted”
individual that causes (or potentially causes) harm to an older adult.
WHO IS AT RISK?
Elder abuse can occur anywhere – in the home, in nursing homes, or other
institutions. It affects seniors across all socioeconomic groups, cultures, and races.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SUSPECT ELDER ABUSE?
Report your concerns.
Remember: Most cases of elder abuse go undetected. Don’t assume that
someone has already reported a suspicious situation.
In cases of immediate danger, call 911. Otherwise, you can call 1-800-96 ABUSE (1-800-962-2873)
Talk with family members, friends, and professionals that you trust and plan for your future
Unscrupulous people target seniors and will abuse or take advantage of them.
Keep in touch regularly with others, isolation can make you vulnerable to abuse.
Making a report in instances of abuse or neglect is the right thing to do, and it’s easy.
Don’t be afraid! Elders have a right to be safe!
You can take action to protect yourself and
your loved ones from abuse, neglect, and
exploitation. Let’s stop elder abuse together!
To learn more about elder abuse go to https://ncea.acl.gov,