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On June 15, significant morally event is celebrated, this is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day when it is necessary to attend to issue of caring, careful attitude towards older people. They are vulnerable, prone to fears, gullible. Category of people is object of criminal activity of fraudulent groups.

The History

The holiday necessary in modern realities appeared in 2006. Initiative was supported by World Health Organization and associations for prevention of physical, moral violence against the elderly. Purpose of created events is to inform people about variety of aspects affecting lives of elderly. Information includes data on demographic, financial status, medical care, socialization, making possible for caring citizens to provide assistance, join volunteer societies to provide targeted support.

Interesting Facts

6% of older Americans suffer from harsh treatment, relationships with use of aggressive measures.

  • To identify criminal acts against the elderly, it is necessary to observe their condition. If abrasions, cuts, bruises are visible on body, weight loss, sullen depressed mood and sickly appearance, perhaps appointed official guardian shows violence against the ward.
  • It is necessary to contact police, lawyer, social service, evidence: photos, recordings of rude conversations, complaints.
  • Most cases of violence are committed at home behind closed doors.
  • If old people are subjected to aggression, cruelty by family members, cases are difficult to identify, prove. It’s worth trying!

Extortion, embezzlement of benefits is common types of criminal activity against elderly and incapacitated citizens.

How to celebrate

If you witnessed cases of crimes against the elderly, inform rescue service by contacting an employee at short number. Spread information about common types of fraud, this helps reduce number of people trusted criminals. Become member of volunteer team, help elderly found themselves without care of relatives, faced difficulties in form of diseases, lack of money, communication, attention.

Unscrupulous citizens, under guise of helping elderly, seek to appropriate money, financial savings, teach access to bank accounts. In circumstances, elderly do not receive proper care, medicines, attention, become victim of fraudsters’ crimes. To prevent, it is important to monitor cases, punish criminals seeking to enrich at expense of elderly.

When is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day celebrated in 2022?

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is observed on June 15 each year.