Jewish Senior Services commemorates World Elder Abuse Day

Jewish Senior Services is commemorating World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15) by inviting local senior centers, of Fairfield County, to participate in recognizing this very important day. Activities are being carried out by the Coalition for Abuse Prevention of the Elderly, (CAPE), facilitated by staff of the Center for Elder Abuse Prevention of Jewish Senior Services.

“Elder Abuse is a topic that is not discussed often and many people know little about. Raising awareness about abuse among older individuals we hope will help deter incidents and allow those impacted to seek available resources for help,” remarks Laura Snow, Director, Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at Jewish Senior Services in Fairfield.

Did you know that every day 10,000 people turn 65 in the US alone? That trend is going to continue for nearly the next 20 years. Our demographics are shifting, and we will soon have more elder people in the US than ever before. At the same time that the population is growing, we know that a startling number of elders face abusive conditions. Every year an estimated 5 million or 1 in 10 older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that’s only part of the picture: Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported; as many as 23.5 cases go unreported.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elders. The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations launched the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2006 in an effort to unite communities around the world in raising awareness about elder abuse.

CAPE is a collaborative effort of citizens, agencies, organizations, and businesses in Fairfield County concerned about the safety of older adults. CAPE has provided senior centers with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2015 posters to display and materials and facts sheets that highlight the signs and risk factors of elder abuse and elder abuse prevention.

For more information regarding elder abuse prevention, contact the Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at Jewish Senior Services at 203-396-1097.

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