Elder abuse is never OK. June is recognised world-wide as Elder Abuse Awareness Month. And 15th June was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
I am passionate about defending human rights and preventing all forms of abuse. I am especially passionate about defending the rights of older people.The United Nations says,
The day aims to focus global attention on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders. It also seeks to understand the challenges and opportunities presented by an ageing population, and brings together senior citizens, and their caregivers, national and local government, academics, and the private sector to exchange ideas about how best to reduce incidents of violence towards elders, increase reporting of such abuse, and to develop elder friendly policies.
Elder abuse is like other forms of intimate violence (child abuse, partner abuse). The only difference is that it is violence against seniors. It is a crime against older people. It is perpetrated by people the senior loves and should be able to trust.
My top ten reasons for the prevention of elder abuse
These are photos of people I love. They and no other senior person should be subjected to the humiliation of elder abuse.
OK. So I can’t count!
If you suspect you, or anyone you know is being abused as a senior, do not remain silent. Talk to other people. If trusted members of your circle of family and friends do not know what to do, keep talking until someone can help. Or, if you prefer, ask for assistance from an elder abuse prevention and advocacy agency. In Perth, this would be Advocare Inc.
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