6th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15th, 2011
What is Elder Abuse?
"According to California law, elder abuse is any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. It includes physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, financial exploitation, neglect, self-neglect or abandonment. It might be physical violence, isolation, or identity theft, or the theft or embezzlement of a senior's property."
Who is at Risk?
"Elder abuse can occur anywhere - in the home, in nursing homes, or other institutions. It affects seniors across all socio-economic groups, cultures, and races. Based on available information, women and 'older' elders are more likely to be victimized." Dementia is a significant risk factor as well. Hopefully we will all reach the time in our lives when we are considered "elderly." Let's ensure that this issue has been well addressed for the elders of today, tomorrow, and the distant future.
What can I do?
Please consider making a donation to Grandmas House of Hope which has been providing compassionate and uplifting transitional care for women from uniquly challenging backgrounds including those who have survived elder abuse. Donations can be convieniently given through our website: www.GrandmasHouseofHope.org
To report suspected abuse in the community, contact your local adult protective services agency. For state reporting numbers, visit the NCEA website at
www.ncea.aoa.gov or call the Eldercare Locator at