Today Is World Elder Abuse Day

Today, June 15, 2009, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  On this day, communities all over the USA and the world will sponsor events to shed light on the growing and tragic issue of elder abuse. 

The U.S. Administration on Aging estimates that 700,000 to 3.5 million older Americans are abused each year.  And this is only the tip of the iceberg since only one in five cases of abuse is ever reported to authorities!  But elder abuse is preventable through public awareness and education. 

Some things that you can do to prevent elder abuse are:

1.      Call or visit an elderly loved one and ask how he or she is doing

2.      Provide a respite break for a caregiver

3.      Ask your bank manager to train tellers on how to detect elder financial abuse

4.      Ask your doctor to ask all senior patients about possible family violence in their lives

5.      Wear a gold ribbon or a purple ribbon for Elder Abuse Awareness

6.      Organize a “Respect Your Elders” essay or poster contest in your child’s school

7.      Ask your religious congregation’s leader to give a talk about elder abuse at a service or to put a message about elder abuse in the bulletin

8.      Volunteer to be a friendly visitor to a nursing home resident or to a homebound senior in your neighborhood

9.      Send a letter to your local paper, radio or TV station suggesting that they cover World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15)

10.     Learn the warning signs of abuse – for more information, visit

For more, please read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia. 


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