World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is Wednesday
Published 12:44 pm Thursday, June 16, 2016
The community is encouraged to wear purple on Wednesday, in observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Everyday older people are abused, mistreated or neglected by a relative or a caregiver. The forms of abuse are physical, psychological, financial exploitation, neglect and often times their rights are violated as well, according to a press release from the Tri-County Community Action Agency.
“Elder abuse happens because of resentment, longer life spans, retaliation, life crises, social problems, money problems, lack of love and friendships, lack of services and our attitudes towards violence,” the release stated.
“Recognize the signs of elder abuse. Those signs may include: bruises, bedsores, burns, untreated injuries, health problems, withdrawal from social activities and frequent arguments between older people and caregivers. It may also include sudden changes in weight, behavior or finances. Resources for older people and their caregiver, include home health aides, meal delivery, day care, transportation, counseling and help with daily living task.”
“Oftentimes older people are abused by a caregiver because the caregiver is burnt-out. Caregivers have a tough job. Caregiver burnout is a real problem. If you are a caregiver ask for help. You can also learn more about the person’s condition or illness, take breaks, take care of your health too and stay positive.”
For more information, contact organizations that provide protective services for older people. Those organizations may include the Area Agency on Aging or the Department of Social Services. You can also contact the Eldercare Locator 1-800-677-1116 or www.eldercare.gov. The National Center on Elder Abuse 1-855-500-3537 or www.ncea.aoa.gov is a resource also.
Tri-County Community Action Agency’s Domestic Violence Program will be held at the Washington Coleman Community Center, located at 1927 Jeffress Blvd. South Boston, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Contact the DVP at (434) 572-1136 for more information.