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Elder Abuse Awareness

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Elder Abuse Awareness:
Communities Encouraged to Learn More

The Area Agency on Aging 8 and other community organizations are raising awareness of an emerging problem this June – the problem of elder abuse. Elder abuse awareness day is Sunday, June 15.

“On Friday, June 13, we are working to bring attention to this critical issue by asking individuals to wear something purple to help raise awareness of the need to protect our elders,” said Buckeye Hills AAA8 Director Rick Hindman. “No community is immune from the issue of abuse and neglect of the elderly. Ohio’s Area Agencies on Aging remain concerned that for every case that gets reported, five others go unreported.”

Elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of the elderly are growing problems.
A U.S. Administration on Aging study found that 2.5 million people over the age of 60 are abused or neglected each year. 

Abuse of elders takes many different forms, some involving intimidation or threats against the elderly, some involving neglect, and others involving financial exploitation.  Raising awareness of elder abuse and neglect is a challenge and no effort is too small.

Communities and municipalities are encouraged to raise awareness of elder abuse issues and concerns. The day recognizes the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue and promotes a better understanding of the many cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. 

Raising awareness of elder abuse and neglect is a challenge and no effort is too small. Wear purple and work to learn more, visit www.areaagency8.org or call 1-800-331-2644.

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