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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15

June 15, 2019

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.

The good news is that we can prevent and address the issue of elder abuse. There are many ways to strengthen our social supports through policies, services, and programs that keep us integrated in our communities as we age.  Consumer Voice has a variety of resources aimed at preventing elder abuse, neglect, exploitation and misappropriation of property:

Find even more resources on the Consumer Voice and NORC issue pages.

Participate in WEAAD today by using #WEAAD on social media, attending a local event and getting involved by taking action. Plus, see the WEAAD Virtual Art Gallery which features art that provides an artistic representation of the aging process.

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