Elder abuse comes in many forms. It is recognized by experts as a public health crisis for which there are no socio-economic borders. Millions of older Americans are abused, neglected, or exploited each year, and estimates suggest that a large majority of these cases go unreported.
To shed light on this problem, June 15th has been designated as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, with 2012 marking the 7th anniversary of World Day.
This is a day “for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.” Below is a link with tool kits and resources to help bring awareness and fight elder abuse.
Tool Kits & Resources: http://www.aoa.gov/AoAroot/Press_Room/Social_Media/Widget/Statistical_Profile/2011/5.aspx
Image Source: National Council on Aging
Source: Administration on Aging
Abuse of elderly Americans by their court-appointed guardians is growing into a multibillion-dollar business, and a new oversight report suggests the government is not doing enough to prevent the crimes.
A Government Accountability Office study, the results of which were released last week, examined hundreds of cases of alleged abuse across dozens of states and found several instances where guardians with questionable backgrounds sailed through the screening process. In other cases, the courts did not monitor guardians after they were appointed, “allowing the abuse of vulnerable seniors and their assets to continue.” continue reading>>