World elder abuse awareness day - June 15th
By Jeanne St. Onge
WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY
Commemorated on June 15th each year, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is an opportunity for people or organizations to take action to protect older people by raising awareness about elder abuse, why it occurs, and what we can do to stop it.
WHAT IS ELDER ABUSE?
Elder abuse refers to intentional or negligent acts by a caregiver or trusted individual that causes harm to an older person. Elder abuse takes many forms, including:
WAYS TO PREVENT ELDER ABUSE
1. Build public awareness and grass-roots involvement
2. Enhance services for older people who experience abuse
3. Enhance system responses
5. Be a "sentinel"