World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Posted by Jill Boynton on June 14, 2013

June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. First launched in 2006, its purpose is to raise awareness of the abuse, exploitation and neglect of older individuals by people they trust. Elder abuse happens across all races, ethnicities, social and economic circumstances. A recent study indicates 11% of seniors have experienced neglect or abuse in the past 12 months.

One of the most common methods is financial abuse such as investment scams. Maine’s Office of Securities reports that investment scams targeting seniors are becoming more common. It’s very important to report any suspicion of abuse, and to be proactive in watching out for and lend a hand to, our senior family and friends.

How can you help? Click here for a list of 11 things you can do to help prevent elder abuse.

http://ncea.aoa.gov/Resources/Publication/docs/NCEA_11things_web.pdf

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