June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Always a painful and difficult subject to even think about, elder abuse and neglect is all too common, and Sunday, June 15th is designated World Elder Abuse Day to create awareness of this global problem. Tools are available to help us learn about, identify and find help for this problem.
The Administration for Community Living, within the Department of Health and Human Services this week released the following tools:
- To learn the signs and risk factors for elder abuse and neglect, download the Red Flags of Abuse Factsheet (PDF).
- You can help raise awareness in your community! The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Tool Kit has resources to help you do that – plan events, educate others, empower people to action.
- To report suspected elder abuse, contact your local adult protective services agency. Or, for state reporting phone numbers, contact the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116.