As an assisted living or residential care provider you understand the risks and tragic realities of elder abuse. June 15 is the 7th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Take the opportunity to raise awareness about this important issue amongst your staff, residents, and families. Here is more information from the Administration on Aging on how to commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day:
Elder abuse, like domestic violence and child abuse, comes in many forms. It is recognized by experts as a public health crisis for which there are no socio-economic borders. Millions of older Americans are abused, neglected, or exploited each year, with an estimated 84% of cases going unreported. However, June provides a great opportunity to shed light on the problem of elder abuse and generate support for your programs and services. June 15th has been designated as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, with 2012 marking the 7th anniversary of World Day.
Symposium on Elder Abuse on June 14th
This year the White House Office of Public Engagement, in collaboration with federal partners from the Administration for Community Living/Department of Health and Human Services, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Department of Justice, is hosting a day-long symposium in recognition of the 7th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The event is being held the White House on June 14, 2012 to highlight the problem of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. This historic event will bring together public and private partners with key roles in addressing financial exploitation from across the nation, including the unique role that financial exploitation plays in the wider problem of elder abuse.
This White House event provides a wonderful opportunity for your organization to host your own World Day event. The day will be divided into four sessions to be webcast live on the White House website (http://www.whitehouse.gov/live), and will include social media-based interactive question and answer sessions on Twitter and Facebook. The day will feature speakers from the federal government, national banking institutions, and leading elder abuse experts from around the country. As part of your World Day commemoration, please consider hosting a “Watch Party” to broadcast any of the four sessions:
- 9a.m. – 9:45a.m. Opening Session;
- 9:45a.m. – 11:30a.m. Panel on Prevention of Financial Exploitation;
- 1:30p.m. –3:15p.m. Panel on Responses to Financial Exploitation;
- 3:30p.m. – 4:00p.m. Closing Session.