WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY (WEAAD)
Today, June 15, 2016, organizations around the world are joining in the mutual effort to promote a better understanding of elder abuse and neglect of seniors “by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect,” according to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA).
Every year an estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation and experts believe that for every case reported, as many as 23 cases go unreported, explains NCEA.
By spreading awareness and increasing knowledge on elder abuse, you can help stop this vicious cycle. NCEA created a variety of guides, outreach tools, and fact sheets to share, including:
- “How to Answer Those Tough Questions About Elder Abuse”
- “12 Things that Anyone Can Do to Prevent Elder Abuse”
- “Red flags of Abuse”
- and many more here.
SUPPORT FOR SENIORS IN PHILADELPHIA
Locally, organizations in and around the Philadelphia area are doing their part to support the wellbeing of our aging community.
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) Older Adult Protective Services
“In Philadelphia, all forms of elder abuse can be reported to PCA’s Older Adult Protective Services 24/7 by calling the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040. In fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015), PCA’s Older Adult Protective Services received 3,262 reports of suspected abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of older adults.”
Learn more at PCAcares.org
CARIE: Center for Advocacy for the Rights & Interests of the Elderly
CARIE’s mission is to “improve the well being, rights, and autonomy of older persons through advocacy, education, and action.” They offer a variety of resources including the “CARIE LINE” and “CARIE OnLINE” telephone and online consultation service, victim’s advocacy programs, transportation problems resolution, and help for people in nursing homes and personal care homes, to name a few.
Learn more at: www.carie.org
The Ralston Center’s Age Friendly West Philadelphia Initiative
“Ralston’s Age-Friendly West Philadelphia Initiative is a collaborative partnership of local and citywide stakeholders, convened and facilitated by Ralston Center, to create age-friendly changes in West Philadelphia. The initiative is committed to making the physical and social environments in West Philadelphia more conducive to older adults’ health, well-being and ability to age in place.”
Learn more at: http://ralstoncenter.org/