World Elder Abuse Awareness Day started in 2006. This year June 15, 2016 is the 10th anniversary of the holiday. The purpose of WEAAD provides an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older individuals. Awareness of cultural, social, economic, and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day supports the United Nations International Plan of Action. They acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. WEADD serves as a call to action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about Elder Abuse, neglect and explotation.
You can get involved as well. Here is a short list to keep in mind to help protect those that protected us once
Be aware of signs of elder abuse
bruises or grip marks
repeated unexplained injuries
dismissive attitude about injuries
lack of food and water
lack of basic hygiene
sunken eyes or loss of weight
uncommunicative and unresponsive
unreasonably fearful or suspicious
lack of interest in social contact
unexplained changes in behavior
records of what they have and what they should have do not match
large withdraws from bank account
signature on check does not match signature of elerly person
Be sure to keep in contact with the elderly. Make sure they have plenty of water and are doing ok
caring for an elderly loved one can get over whelming. Offef the resident a break while you visit and care for the loved one.
If you ever believe that abuse is on going do not be afraid to contact authorities. If you know of abuse and do nothing you are guilty of abuse as well.
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