June - World Elder Abuse Awareness Month
Elder abuse is widespread. Every year an estimated 1 in 10 older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that’s only part of the picture: Experts believe that elder abuse is significantly under-reported, in part because so many of our communities lack the social supports that would make it easier for those who experience abuse to report it. Research suggests that as few as 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse come to the attention of authorities.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations (UN). WEAAD aims to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic, and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. In addition, WEAAD is held in support of the UN International Plan of Action acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. This observance serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Learn more about Elder Abuse at https://eldermistreatment.usc.edu/national-center-on-elder-abuse-ncea-usc/.
NARCOG houses the office of the Regional Ombudsman. The Ombudsman serves as an advocate for residents of long-term care facilities and provides education to residents, family members and professionals on resident rights. The Ombudsman can answer questions or concerns about the care provided, safety and health of residents or transfers and discharges from facilities. You can reach our Regional Ombudsman at 256-355-4515, ext. 255.