World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, on June 15, is a reminder for the community to be aware of possible cases.

"Seniors often are targeted for financial fraud and exploitation because they may be isolated from family, caregivers, and other support networks". This intimate story reveals a hidden crisis harming older Americans in every community across the country. Over the past few years we have been studying and researching elderly abuse within closed doors of one's home.

In fiscal year 2015-16, over 34,500 reports of suspected abuse were received, according to a news release from Gov. Tom Wolf. "It often involves a person in a position of power or trust who takes advantage of an older adult".

If you see something, say something While most cases of abuse go undetected despite clear warning signs, Ms. Kornfeld-Matte urged everyone to step up if they are witness to such incidents.

By 2050, the number of people aged 60 and over will double to reach two billion globally, with the vast majority of older people living in low- and middle-income countries, the study says. Of these cases, 430 were related to elder abuse.

"Despite the frequency and the serious health consequences, elder abuse remains one of the least investigated types of violence in national surveys, and one of the least addressed in national plans to prevent violence", Officer says.

"People, they do exploit the elderly, in South Canterbury elderly are especially vulnerable, just like when we talk about vulnerable children, it's just as significant", Muralidharan said.

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Elder abuse takes on many forms besides physical abuse. "I've got a checklist - red flags - for potential abuse; if a person is dependent on the family member for care or companionship - those are sort of what I get concerned about".

"There isn't any state that's the model and the problem still is that then people fall between the cracks between the states and we do need a national approach", Mr Yates said. 62% bus users said they were offered a seat.

The group will be visiting three different locations in Lima for meet and greets to bring information about elder abuse and support resources for those that might need them.

"The elderly can be targeted by close friends or neighbors".

The number one thing MacAulay said he would tell people is to be careful of the phone calls they receive and what appears on their computers.

Annette Grella, chairperson of the Elder Abuse Awareness forum Thursday at the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre, introduces participants in the forum, behind her, from left, county Manager C. Dave Pedri, former state Rep. Phyllis Mundy, state Rep. Karen Boback, Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George and county District Attorney Stephanie Salavantis.

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