Fighting Against Elder Abuse
Scary senior stat: It’s estimated that elder abuse happens to 2 to 4 million people each year. And, there are likely many cases that go unreported. There are many things that constitute elder abuse, from physical and psychological, to neglect, to financial abuses. In short, whenever an elderly person is taken advantage of – often by those who are supposed to be looking after their care – it’s sad.
That’s why ALFA, the Assisted Living Federation of America, just completed its National Elder Abuse Awareness Month campaign in June to bring awareness to this issue, and urge lawmakers to put some laws into effect designed to protect our aging loved ones. The campaign included a big social media outreach, as well as meetings with law makers.
Working with both local governments and national groups like the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs under the Administration on Aging, ALFA wants to educate the public on how to spot the signs of elder abuse.
Learn more about elder abuse, and the strides being taken to stop it at ALFA.org.
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