June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Every year on June 15, communities around the world join together to raise awareness of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is an opportunity to renew our commitment to preserving the rights of older adults – including the basic human right to live with dignity, free from abuse and neglect.
Self-neglect is a major, unrecognized concern among older adults
Self-neglect is a major and often overlooked problem among older adults. In the United States, more than half of the cases of elder abuse reported each year are because of self-neglect, according the National Center on Elder Abuse. “Self-neglect occurs when a person is not able to meet their own daily essential needs, due either […]
Philadelphia Financial Exploitation Prevention Task Force to host panel on combatting elder financial abuse
In observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), the Philadelphia Financial Exploitation Prevention Taskforce will host its annual event focused on the steps seniors can take to protect their funds. “Charting the Course to Battle Elder Financial Exploitation” will be held on Friday, June 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
Know how to prevent, detect elder abuse
June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month. Elder abuse includes physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; financial exploitation; and neglect or abandonment. In Philadelphia, all forms of elder abuse can be reported to Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA’s) Older Adult Protective Services 24/7. Reports of suspected elder abuse can be made 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040; 888-482-9060 (toll-free outside Philadelphia); or TDD 215-765-9041.
Program helps older domestic violence victims
Domestic Violence Awareness Month, observed in October, shines a light on domestic violence, including abuse between spouses and other intimate partners. SeniorLaw Center (SLC), a nonprofit that aims to improve the lives and protect the rights of older Pennsylvanians, is also shining a light on a particular aspect of this abuse: its older victims. “Older adults are a hidden population within the domestic violence community, and they can face some unique barriers,” said Dana Goldberg, SLC’s director of victim services.
Elder abuse awareness event set for June 14
The Philadelphia Financial Exploitation Prevention Task Force will sponsor “Safe Banking & Financial Management Tips for Seniors,” a free forum for seniors and caregivers, on Wednesday, June 14, in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The event will take place at Ralston Center, 3615 Chestnut St., from 9 to 11 a.m. It is open to the public and will focus on keeping money and assets safe; making good financial decisions as you age; and identifying and accessing available resources to prevent and report elder financial abuse. For information/registration, call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.