15 June 2018 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Learn how you can assist those you care about and the elders within your community by using some of the tips below to help prevent abuse.
- Learn the signs of elder abuse and neglect.
- Call or visit an elderly loved one and ask how he or she is doing.
- Provide a respite break for a caregiver.
- Ask your bank manager to train tellers on how to detect elder financial abuse.
- Ask your doctor to ask you and all other senior patients about possible family violence in their lives.
- Contact your local authority to learn how to support their work helping at-risk elders and adults with disabilities.
- Organise a "Respect your Elders" essay or poster contest in your child's school.
- Ask your religious congregations's leader to give a talk about elder abuse at a service or put a message about elder abuse in the bulletin.
- Volunteer to be a friendly visitor to a nursing home resident or to a home bound senior in your neighbourhood.
- Send a letter to your local paper, radio or TV station suggesting that they cover World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (15 June) or Grandparent's Day (September).
- Dedicate your bikeathon/marathon or other event to elder mistreatment awareness and prevention.
Information from: https://ncea.acl.gov/