12 Things Everyone Can Do To Prevent Elder Abuse
To recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we're spreading the world about Elder Abuse. One of the most impactful things you can do to help prevent elder abuse is to learn the signs of Elder Abuse and spread the word. Talking with family members and friends about how we can reduce elder abuse with programs and community services is a great way to start action on a local level and raise awareness. Here are 12 things everyone can do to prevent elder abuse! (From the National Center on Elder Abuse)
1. Learn the signs of elder abuse and neglect and how we can collectively solve the issue. 2. Talk to friends and family members about how we can all age well and reduce abuse with programs and services like improved law enforcement, community centers, and public transportation. 3. Prevent isolation. Call or visit our older loved ones and ask how they are doing regularly. 4. Send a letter to a local paper, radio or TV station suggesting that they cover World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15) or Grandparents Day in September. 5. Join Ageless Alliance , an organization that connects people of all ages, nationwide, who stand united for the dignity of older people and for the elimination of elder abuse. Visit agelessalliance.org. 6. Provide respite breaks for caregivers. 7. Encourage our bank managers to train tellers on how to detect elder financial abuse. 8. Ask our doctors to ask all older patients about possible family violence in their lives. 9. Contact a local Adult Protective Services or Long-Term Care Ombudsman to learn how to support their work helping older people and adults with disabilities who may be more at-risk. 10. Organize an “Aging with Dignity” essay or poster contest in a local school. 11. Ask religious congregation leaders to give a talk about elder abuse at a service or to put a message about elder abuse in the bulletin. 12. Volunteer to be a friendly visitor to a nursing home resident or to a homebound older person in our communities.