World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Yesterday was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). The Consumer Voice observed the day as a call-to-action to raise awareness about abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elders. Abuse and neglect is widespread but preventable.

Every year 1 in 10 older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

Research shows that as few as 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse come to the attention of authorities.

However, we can prevent elder abuse from happening. We can strengthen the social support structure, we can reduce social isolation, protect communities and families against elder abuse, and build a nation where no individual is subject to abuse.

WEAAD Fact Sheet: Frequently Asked Questions about Elder Abuse

More information about WEAAD.

Consumer Voice has several resources available for preventing, identifying, and reporting abuse, neglect and exploitation:

Find even more resources on Consumer Voice’s Elder Abuse Issue Page.


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