This Tuesday, June 15th is the 5th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This holiday is intended to make people aware of the epidemic of elder abuse and prevention strategies that can help us protect our loved ones from being victims of abuse. Since its establishment in 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, it has grown dramatically in the participation of a wide range of organizations including state and local governments. In Ohio, for example, Montgomery County Commissioners have planned a number of events, including blood pressure checks and screening for common health conditions affecting the elderly as well as presentations by Adult Protective Services.
To learn more about activities in your area, contact your local newspaper. People are also encouraged to wear purple, the official color of Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Unfortunately, elder abuse is all too common, and many times it goes unreported. If you believe your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, reporting the abuse and pursuing a lawsuit is an important way to protect not only your loved one, but others who may be in the same situation but lack relatives who can advocate for them.
If you think your loved one might be a victim of elder abuse, but are unsure how to proceed, you can contact us for a free initial consultation.