World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
We join the United Nations in describing elder abuse as a human rights and a public health issue. Some facts about elder abuse:
- elder abuse instances happen mostly in the home where the senior lives
- the number of elder adults that experience some form of abuse in their lifetime: 1 in 10
- the most common form of abuse involves misusing of their finances
- in around 90% of elder abuse and neglect incidents, the perpetrator is a family member.
If an older adult is in immediate danger, call 911 from a landline or 340.772.9111 from a mobile phone. Anyone who suspects that an older adult is being mistreated should contact the police or a local anti-abuse organization.
Call our main office/crisis center at 340.773.9272, for information on free services including counseling and transitional housing.