World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15

By Vicki Hyke, Waterloo

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging is proud to join communities in the USA and all over the world to help raise awareness of this social challenge. 

As Americans, we believe in justice for all. Older people are vital, contributing members of American society and their maltreatment diminishes all of us. Just as we have confronted and addressed the social issues of child abuse and domestic violence, so too can we find solutions to address issues like elder abuse.

Our policies and practices make it hard for older people to stay involved with and connected to our communities as they age. As a result, older people are more likely to experience social isolation, which increases the likelihood of abuse and neglect, whether financial, emotional, physical or sexual. 

We can and must create healthier and safer living environments for older adults, including their homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Get more information about how to make a difference by visiting the National Center on Elder Abuse or by calling LifeLong Links at 866-468-7887. 


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