12 Things Everyone Can Do to Prevent Elder Abuse
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15. The National Center on Elder Abuse created this information as a downloadable document.
Our communities are like buildings that support people’s wellbeing. Sturdy buildings ensure that people are safe and thriving at every age. We all have a part to play in this construction project. Here are 12 things everyone can do to build community supports and prevent elder abuse.
- Learn the signs of elder abuse and neglect and how we can collectively solve the issue.
- Talk to friends and family members about how we can all age well and reduce abuse with programs and services like improved law enforcement, community centers, and public transportation.
- Prevent isolation. Call or visit our older loved ones and ask how they are doing regularly.
- Send a letter to a local paper, radio or TV station suggesting that they cover World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15) or Grandparents Day in September.
- Join Ageless Alliance, an organization that connects people of all ages, nationwide, who stand united for the dignity of older people and for the elimination of elder abuse. Visit agelessalliance.org.
- Provide respite breaks for caregivers.
- Encourage our bank managers to train tellers on how to detect elder financial abuse.
- Ask our doctors to ask all older patients about possible family violence in their lives.
- Contact a local Adult Protective Services or Long-Term Care Ombudsman to learn how to support their work helping older people and adults with disabilities who may be more at-risk.
- Organize an “Aging with Dignity” essay or poster contest in a local school.
- Ask religious congregation leaders to give a talk about elder abuse at a service or to put a message about elder abuse in the bulletin.
- Volunteer to be a friendly visitor to a nursing home resident or to a homebound older person in our communities.
It is up to all of us to prevent and address elder abuse! For more information on elder abuse prevention, please visit ncea.acl.gov.