World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 @ 10:00A
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is recognized in June every year. Elder abuse can be financial, emotional, physical, and sexual. It also includes people who are neglected and those who neglect themselves (self-neglect). Social isolation, financial or emotional stress, and dementia can make a senior vulnerable to abuse.
The consequences of elder abuse are grave: older adults who are abused are twice as likely to be hospitalized, four times as likely to go into nursing homes, and three times as likely to die. While studies show that 60% of abusers are family members, abuse can happen in any setting: in the older adult’s own home or a senior living community. Between 1 million and 2 million Americans over 65 years old were injured, exploited or mistreated by someone they depended on for care or protection, according to the National Center for Elder Abuse.
For more information call or email DeLane Richardson @ (334)240-4680 DeLane.Richardson@adss.alabama.gov.
Help us increase awareness of Elder Abuse in our community and yours!