Every year, an estimated 4 million older Americans are victims of physical, psychological or other forms of abuse and neglect. Those statistics may not tell the whole story. For every case of elder abuse and neglect reported to authorities, experts estimate as many as 23 cases go undetected. The quality of life of older individuals who experience abuse is severely jeopardized, as they often experience worsened functional and financial status and progressive dependency, poor self-rated health, feelings of helplessness and loneliness and increased psychological distress. Research also suggests that older people who have been abused tend to die earlier than those who have not been abused, even in the absence of chronic conditions or life-threatening disease.
Ever looked for your glasses only to find them perched up on your head?
After years and years of seeking solutions to elder abuse, I recently realized it was there all along. The solution to elder abuse was standing there right in front of me. And his name was Harry.
The guy sitting next to me on my last airplane trip was painstakingly reviewing a research manuscript. When he got up to use the restroom, I admit to glancing down at his seat tray which was not in its upright and locked position. The title? Lies We Tell Ourselves: A Research Review. I used the last few minutes of the flight to quietly ask,
Looking for a little inspiration for your World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) event? Well, look no further. Check out these highlights from last year’s WEAAD events from all over the country. From educational events to radio shows, you are sure to find something to use as a catalyst for your own planning team. THANK YOU to these programs for sharing their fabulous WEAAD events with us.
What do you get when you combine Ageless Alliance, Starbucks, Orange Label Art + Advertising, and local elementary school St. Pius V Catholic School? Well, you get one mean elder abuse fighting team!
By Cordula Dick-Muehlke, Ph.D.
As National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, November focuses the nation’s attention on the looming healthcare crisis that Alzheimer’s disease – with its devastating impact on the affected and their families – presents. For some, this November is a time to advocate more strongly for research funding, for others it is to draw attention to the remarkable contribution – often to the detriment of their own well-being – that family caregivers throughout our nation make to the care of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease.
If you’re like most Americans, you don’t get to see your elderly loved ones as often as you’d like. The holidays offer an opportunity to visit with parents and grandparents. Given that 1 in 10 older Americans are abused and neglected, the National Center on Elder Abuse wants everyone to know what they should be looking for when visiting elderly loved ones to ensure that they are aging with respect and dignity.
The sorority which I am honored to lead, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (www.zphib1920.org), is an international sorority predominantly of African American women founded on January 16, 1920. Zeta Phi Beta believes that a sorority should not allow socializing to overshadow the real mission for progressive organizations – to address societal mores, ills, prejudices, poverty, and health concerns of the day.
It’s amazing what we can accomplish with technology today. To make a video in the past used to be fairly painful but now can be done in minutes. What’s really cool is that we can use this to our advantage to raise awareness of elder abuse.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day occurs every year around the world on June 15. It is a day that we honor and remember the victims and survivors of elder abuse and pledge ourselves anew to the cause of elder justice in the U.S.