Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

According to the World Health Organization at least 1 in 6 people age 60 or older experienced abuse in the past year.

Elder abuse can take many forms, including physical violence, neglect, financial exploitation, sexual abuse, or psychological abuse.

If we truly respect our elders we cannot allow this to continue. Today is a day dedicated to raising awareness about elder abuse so we can stand up and take action to protect every older person from any form of abuse.

You can learn about elder abuse here. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/elder-abuse

A small action that you can take to prevent elder abuse is to talk about it and help raise awareness. You can check on an older neighbor and let him or her know you are available to help and can be trusted. You can tell your legislators that elder abuse is an important concern in our commmunity.

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