World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15, 2012
On June 15, 2012, organizations around the world will be calling attention to the underrecognized problem of elder abuse
Nearly 2 million older Americans are believed to experience abuse each year, according to the Administration on Aging , which estimates that only one in five cases ever come to light. While elders are respected and revered in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, there is a disturbing increase in elder abuse and neglect. Factors contributing to the problem are loss of traditional lifestyle, poor economic conditions, and social isolation, among other things.
Several organizations have formed to improve conditions for elders in Indian Country, including the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative , the National Resource Center on Native American Aging , and the National Resource Center for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Elders .
If you suspect elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation, telephone the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116. If someone is in immediate danger, call 911 or the local police for immediate help.
- Elder Abuse in Indian Country , National Center on Elder Abuse, Administration on Aging
- Elder Abuse , Tribal Court Clearinghouse
- Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect , University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
- NCEA Invites You to "Take a Stand in the Fight Against Elder Abuse"