Elder abuse is tragedy that affects hundreds of thousands of seniors regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic class. Even though one in ten seniors has been subjected to financial, physical, or emotional abuse, elder abuse is still an under recognized problem.
With attention, education, training, and proper reporting, elder abuse can be significantly reduced. As an extension of ALFA’s public awareness initiatives and commitment to eradicating elder abuse, ALFA encourages senior living communities and members of the general public to participate in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day each year on June 15th.
2014 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
ALFA is observing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day throughout the month of June. ALFA is championing a variety of initiatives including the following:
Webinar On Financial Elder Abuse Prevention & DetectionThis valuable webinar features an expert from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau discussing how to protect older Americans from financial abuse and a new CFPB manual. Its new guide, Protecting Residents from Financial Exploitation: A Manual for Assisted Living and Nursing Facilities, is specifically geared toward senior living communities and long-term care establishments. Learn more about your responsibilities and duties to your residents when it comes to protecting them from financial abuse.
Download the Tool Kit: Tool Kit: Protecting Older Americans from Financial Abuse.
Ageism is a destructive precursor to elder abuse. By devaluing and marginalizing older adults, ageism robs seniors of their independence, dignity, and quality of life. Throughout June, ALFA will be focusing on rethinking the way society views older adults and promoting acknowledgment that seniors have an equal right to happiness. ALFA encourages Facebook and Twitter users to share stories and pictures celebrating a “happy is ageless” theme or using the hashtag #HappyIsAgeless to share how they are combating ageism and honoring every senior’s right to happiness. Follow ALFA on Twitter @ALFA_Online and @ALFA_Family. Connect with us here on Facebook.
Volunteering With Isolated Seniors
As a way of giving back and drawing attention to elder abuse risk factors, ALFA staff spent a day volunteering with a local Meals on Wheels program. Meals on Wheels plays an important role in alleviating the social isolation, which is a profound risk factor for elder abuse.
Sharing Facts About Elder Abuse
Raising awareness is an effective way to combat elder abuse. ALFA tweeted facts about elder abuse throughout June 15th to educate and inspire its twitter followers.
Additional Ways To Help
To help communities raise awareness and fight elder abuse year round, ALFA has provided the resources below. Together we can end elder abuse.
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