ADRC of Eagle Country and Adult Protective Services Commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
June 15 is “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day” (WEAAD). ADRC of Eagle Country and Adult Protective Services are commemorating WEAAD by displaying a banner and pinwheels on the lawns of our government buildings. The theme: “One person. One action. One Nation. United against elder abuse” aims at raising awareness around the world.
Did you know that every day 10,000 people turn 65 in the US alone? That trend is going to continue for nearly the next 20 years. Our demographics are shifting, and we will soon have more aging people in the US than ever before. At the same time that the population is growing, we know that a startling number of elders face abusive conditions. Every year an estimated 5 million or 1 in 10, older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that’s only part of the picture: Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported; as many as 23 cases go unreported.
WEAAD serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elders. The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations (UN) launched the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15, 2006 in an effort to unite communities around the world in raising awareness about elder abuse. WEAAD is in support of the UN’s International Plan of Action acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.
The pinwheels represent the number of elder abuse reports made to the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Eagle Country in 2015 for vulnerable adults with disabilities aged 18 to 59 and aging adults at risk aged 60 and older. Reports include concerns related to self-neglect, financial exploitation, and neglect by others, physical abuse and emotional abuse.
An elder adult at risk is someone age 60 or older that is subjected to any of the following types of abuse or neglect: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, treatment without consent, unreasonable confinement or restraint, financial exploitation, neglect by a caregiver, or self neglect.
Elder Abuse of any kind is not okay. If you suspect an elder adult has experienced, is currently experiencing, or is at risk of experiencing abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or financial exploitation, please take action to stop it:
In an emergency, if someone is in immediate life-threatening danger, call the police at 9-1-1 immediately.
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eagle Country 877-794-2372.