June 15 was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
June 15 was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.
Every year an estimated 5 million 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 cases go unreported. Join us at the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging, Department of Social Services, and the Sheriff's Department in working together to lower these numbers. We are taking this opportunity as part of Elder Abuse Awareness Month, to reach out to anyone concerned for their own safety or the safety of a friend, relative, or neighbor. No type of exploitation is too small. If you're not sure whether a situation is elder abuse, but you still have that uncomfortable feeling that a situation is just not "right", call us. We can help. Contact the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging/NY Connects at (716) 373-8032 or 1-800-462-2901.