June 15th is Elder Abuse Awareness Day


Sunday, June 15, 2008 is Elder Abuse Awareness Day recognized by healthcare professionals and associations around the world. The day is intended to raise awareness of abuse towards older adults. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, elder abuse is the term used to refer to any knowing, intentional or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm to a vulnerable adult. Elder abuse comes in many forms with financial abuse being the most common in older adults.

Some warning signs of elder abuse are:

Bruises, abrasions, burns, or broken bones
Bedsores, unattended medical needs, and poor hygiene
Strained or tense relationships and frequent arguments between the elder adult and his caregiver
Sudden changes in financial situation