According to the United Nations, the world population will reach 8.1 billion by 2025. (Source: USA Today, June 13, 2013). That means a hefty increase in the global population of people over the age of 60. Based on available evidence, 5 to 10 per cent of older people globally may experience some kind of financial exploitation. (Source: www.un.org).
To spread awareness of this problem, the United Nations General Assembly designated June 15th as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
At Senior Safe and Sound, we are working to educate the population about the dangers of elder abuse. We want to do our part to spread the word about the suffering and abuse experienced by our elders, often silently or behind the scenes.
Forms of Elder Abuse
It’s important to stay abreast of the various forms of elder abuse in order to protect family and friends. This mistreatment can include a wide range of problems, such as:
- Emotional abuse
- Financial abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Physical abuse
Often, victims are suffering from dementia or other health problems. This makes it hard for them to ask for help. When judgment is impaired, abuse can go undetected. Other times, the victim doesn’t know what to do about the situation, or they are too frightened to report the abuse. This is especially true when the perpetrators are friends, family, household help, or local business vendors.
Watch for Signs of Abuse
June 15th isn’t the only day to be aware of the dangers of elder abuse. If you have aging family members, watch for signs of abuse all year long. Taking a proactive approach can help you keep your loved ones protected and perhaps even help prevent potential dangers. Maintain good communication with family members and pay attention to the small signs that might indicate something is wrong.
Are you interested in learning more about what you can do to protect your family? We are here to help! Email info@SeniorSafeAndSound.org or phone 858-480-7551. Senior Safe and Sound.