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June 15: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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Things you can do to help eliminate elder abuse and neglect

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are two holidays dedicated to celebrating the men and women who sacrificed so much to bring us into the world and to raise us to be the people we are today.  Here at the Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect, we believe in repaying our elders by making sure that they receive the best care possible in their own times of vulnerability.  In 2006, June 15 was established as the First Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to bring awareness to the much-ignored problem of elder abuse and neglect on an international level.

From New York to Mumbai to our offices in Orange, people are pausing to commemorate a problem that even some who work with the aging population find difficult to believe.  With this more powerful level of collaboration, elder abuse prevention is on its way to gaining the awareness and support needed to help elder victims around the world.

World Elder Abuse Day this year promises to bring us closer than ever to our goal of eradicating elder abuse from the planet. This year, join us at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine to celebrate the launch of our social justice movement, Ageless Alliance. Together we can stand united against elder abuse! At this event we will be sharing stories of survivors and their families, making commitments on how we will help the fight against elder abuse. The event is free for all interested parties, and light refreshments will be served. If you would like to, you may bring a new item (blanket, gift card, clothing, toiletries) that will be directly distributed to an older adult in Orange County suffering from elder abuse or neglect. Please RSVP by Friday, June 8th by calling Dr. Kerry Burnight at 949.370.3262 OR email her at burnight@uci.edu

This year the White House Office of Public Engagement, in collaboration with federal partners from the Administration for Community Living/Department of Health and Human Services, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Department of Justice, is hosting a day-long symposium in recognition of the 7th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The event is being held the White House on June 14, 2012 to highlight the problem of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. This historic event will bring together public and private partners with key roles in addressing financial exploitation from across the nation, including the unique role that financial exploitation plays in the wider problem of elder abuse. The Center of Excellence will be represented by its co-directors, Mary Twomey, MSW, and Laura Mosqueda, MD. 

Although we all wish we could witness such a grand collaboration in person, it is also easy  to make our own contributions from home!   The Center of Excellence has compiled a list of “11 Things Anyone Can Do To Prevent Elder Abuse.”  This list includes such simple tasks as calling or visiting an elderly loved one and asking how he or she is doing. For the full list click here­.  You can also review our “Red Flags of Elder Abuse,” which we have published in five different languages so far (English, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Chinese).  This handout details risk factors associated with elder abuse and reveals resources for those who suspect that a senior may not be receiving adequate care. See Related Links for more resources from the Center of Excellence.

The Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect would like to extend its gratitude in advance for your support of this special day.  Because it has been estimated that only one in six cases of elder abuse is ever reported to the proper authorities, we recognize the importance of spreading awareness in an effort to make sentinels out of civilians. Your support reinforces, as well as informs, our efforts to  create a better world for all, a world without elder abuse.

 

Commemorate Elder Abuse Awareness Day with posters from the Center of Excellence.

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