World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) started on June 15th, 2006. WEAAD was created to bring awareness of the cultural, social, and economic processes that heavily affect elderly abuse and neglect. WEAAD works hard to educate individuals, organizations, and communities on how to identify, address, and prevent elderly abuse and neglect.
How do we spot signs of elder abuse?
Elder abuse can include physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, exploitation, and neglect. Here are the most common signs of elder abuse.
- Seems depressed, sad, or reserved from loved ones.
- Unexplained bruises or scars.
- They look underfed, under-medicated, dehydrated, or that they aren’t receiving the proper care they need.
- Their spending patterns have recently changed.
Here are some ways we can prevent elder abuse.
1. Research and learn the signs.
Taking time to educate yourself on the signs of elder abuse is one of the first steps you can take in preventing it. This will make you more aware of the signs so that you know when to take action.
2. Check on your loved ones. An elderly loved one who may be dealing with elderly abuse may seem more isolated from their friends and family. It’s important to spend quality time and check in with them regularly.
3. Talk about it. It’s important to talk about elder abuse so that we can all take action to prevent it. Start talking to your friends and family to raise more awareness.
If you or a loved one know someone who may be experiencing elder abuse, be sure to report them to the police immediately or contact your local Adult Protective Services. Contact us today at 919.554.0675 to learn how you or your loved one can benefit from our professional care management services.