Friday, June 15, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. In preparation for this important day, the White House Office of Public Engagement, in collaboration with federal partners from the Administration for Community Living/Department of Health and Human Services, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Justice, is hosting a day-long symposium at the White House Thursday, June 14. The event will highlight the problem of elder abuse, exploitation and neglect.
According to the posing on the Administration of Aging website, the day will be divided into four sessions to be webcast live on the White House website and will include interactive question and answer sessions on Twitter and Facebook. The opening session for the symposium begins at 9:00 a.m., with informative sessions following throughout the day until the closing session at 3:30 p.m.
9a.m. - 9:45a.m. Opening Session
9:45a.m. – 11:30a.m. Panel on Prevention of Financial Exploitation
1:30p.m. –3:15p.m. Panel on Responses to Financial Exploitation
3:30p.m. – 4:00p.m. Closing Session
National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) toolkit
The NCEA has made available to the public a virtual ‘toolkit’ that includes creative ways your state and local communities can get involved in raising awareness of elder abuse – physical, emotional and financial – and elder neglect. The NCEA toolkit includes support materials such as factsheets.
Elder abuse awareness is a year around issue. Keep an eye out for elderly neighbors alone in the summer heat. Watch over lonely elders who have no one to care for them. If you witness abuse situations, report them to social services, or if the situation is dire, report to the local police.
People who are abused are often afraid to report the abuser. Sometimes abused people may even feel they deserve it. An elder may think “I am a burden. I can’t expect better.” It’s up to us to protect these vulnerable people.
Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging. 7th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Retrieved from http://www.aoa.gov/aoaroot/Press_Room/Observances/2012/WEAAD_051412.aspx
Published On: June 13, 2012