A world free of elder abuse
The past decade has been marked by increased public awareness of the mistreatment of older persons throughout the world. Achievements have included prevention campaigns, policy and program development, and legislation.
In continuance of that effort, the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse has designated Friday, June 15, as the seventh annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners will issue a proclamation urging residents to respect older adults and to help bring the issue of elder abuse to the forefront.
The main goal of the International Network is to promote international collaboration to increase society's ability to recognize and respond to the mistreatment of older people in whatever settings it occurs.
Elder abuse is a universal problem, and it frequently is familial, institutional, and social in nature. Raising awareness and prevention requires the involvement of everyone. Elder abuse will be successfully prevented only by developing a global culture that fosters intergenerational solidarity.
Elder abuse has no limits as to whom it affects; it could one day happen to you. Raising awareness is a fundamental prevention strategy that involves education and helping to change attitudes and behaviors.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is an opportunity to link local prevention efforts to nationwide efforts and international initiatives. This cooperation can enable people to build new partnerships and engage a wide audience in saying "No" to mistreatment of older adults in all parts of the world.
For more information about the prevention of elder abuse, visit www.inpea.net.
Reporting abuse in Kansas
- Call the Adult Protection Report Center to report suspected abuse in the community. Make a report even if you aren't sure that what you are experiencing or witnessing is abuse. Staff will investigate, and calls are anonymous. The Report Center hotline, 800-922-5330, is answered around the clock. If the elder is at immediate risk, contact law enforcement or dial 911.
- If the adult resides in or receives services from a faci-lity or agency, such as a nursing facility or home health agency, assisted living facility, medical care facility, or long-term care entity, and you suspect abuse, call 800-842-0078.
For additional information on Adult Protective Services in Kansas, visit www.srs.ks.gov.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Friday, June 15
Show the world you care about ending elder abuse
and neglect by wearing something purple on June 15.
If you don't take a stand, who will?