When people first hear that a staggering 1 in 10 older adults experiences some form of abuse, many are eager to learn what they can do to help stop this hidden problem.
You don't have to have a degree to put a dent in elder abuse; the first step is spreading awareness.
The Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse & Neglect has compiled a list of free resources for spreading public awareness of the ever-growing problem of elder abuse. We've included elder abuse awareness images, sample public service announcements, fast facts and statistics, and links to sample public awareness campaigns. This is not a comprehensive list, and we are always looking for innovative groups that have taken a stand against elder abuse.
With World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15) on the horizon, we hope that these resources will enable both the young and old to do their part to stand against injustice.
This year, Ageless Alliance: United Against Elder Abuse is busy using these public awareness resources to create change on both a national and local level.
Thinking globally but acting locally, Ageless Alliance is asking how people use their hearts, voices, hands, and minds to join the fight against elder abuse. Click here for instructions on how to submit pictures and videos of your WEAAD actitivies to the Ageless Alliance. Old or young, big or small, ANYONE can make a big difference!
For a list of events that have been collected so far, visit the Ageless Alliance Facebook Events page.
Looking for a small way to help? Like us on Facebook; Join us on AgelessAlliance.org, and Follow us on Twitter! You'll be the very first to know about new resources that can be used to protect seniors and spread elder abuse awareness.
The Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse & Neglect and Ageless Alliance are dedicated to increasing public awareness and spreading resources on elder abuse. Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have resources that you think would be useful for a broad audience.
Together we can take a stand against elder abuse!