World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This initiative was developed by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and is part of the United Nations International Plan of Action. All countries, communities, neighborhoods and organizations interested in working to bring awareness and ultimately an end to elder abuse are participating in this world wide educational initiative today.
The US Senate's Special Committee on Aging estimates that there may be as many as 5 million victims of Elder Abuse in America every year. Studies indicate that over 80% of these cases of Elder Abuse go unreported. Awareness of the issue is the first step in prevention. The staff at St. Andrew's would like to take this opportunity to share some warning signs that elder abuse may be occurring:
Bruising, pressure marks, abrasions, or broken bones may be an indication of abuse or mistreatment.
Unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, or a sudden onset of symptoms of depression.
Bruising around the breasts or genitals can be an indication of sexual abuse.
Sudden changes in financial situations may be a sign of exploitation.
Presence of bedsores, lack of hygiene, unattended medical needs, or weight loss can be signs of neglect.
Strained or tense relationships between the caregiver and care recipient, or behaviors such as belittling, threatening, or uses of power and control by the caregiver can be signs of verbal or emotional abuse.
If you suspect the abuse of an older adult, you can contact the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Hotline at 1-800-392-0210 or in Illinois contact the Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-866-800-1409.
Information obtained from the National Center on Elder Abuse, Administration on Aging, at https://ncea.acl.gov/. The compassionate staff at St. Andrew's Senior Solutions serves and supports older adults and their families by providing respite care, care management, and nursing services. For more information please contact your ElderCare Specialist at 314-802-5106, toll free 1-888-388-1930 or [email protected].