Elder 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, and estimates suggest that a large majority of these cases go unreported.
To shed light on this problem, June 15th has been designated as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, with 2012 marking the 7th anniversary of World Day.
This year, on June 14th, 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 to highlight the problem of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
This 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. The day will feature speakers from the federal government, national banking institutions, and leading elder abuse experts from around the country.
You can watch live at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live, and participate via Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag#protectseniors.
For more resources and information, please visit this page.
We hope that you will join us in making this year’s recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day a rounding success in the United States. This year, take a stand in the fight against elder abuse and take a stand for dignity and respect of our elders.