On June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, when it is necessary to attend to the issue of caring for older people. They are vulnerable, prone to fears, and fragile. This category of people is object to the criminal activity of fraudulent groups.
The holiday appeared in 2006, supported by the World Health Organization and associations for the prevention of physical and other abuse against the elderly. The purpose of the event is to inform people about a variety of aspects affecting the lives of the elderly. Information includes data on demographics, financial status, medical care, and socialization, making it possible for caring citizens to provide assistance and join volunteer societies to provide targeted support.
6% of older Americans suffer from harsh treatment or other forms of abuse.
- To identify criminal acts against the elderly, observe their condition.
- It is necessary to contact the police, a lawyer, or social services with evidence: photos, recordings of rude conversations, and complaints.
- Most cases of violence are committed at home behind closed doors.
- If old people are subjected to aggression and cruelty by family members, cases are difficult to identify and prove. It is worth trying!
Extortion and embezzlement of benefits are common types of criminal activity against elderly and incapacitated citizens.
How to take part
If you witnessed cases of crimes against the elderly, inform the police by calling the emergency number. Spread information about common types of fraud; this helps reduce the number of people fooled by criminals. Become a member of a volunteer team, help the elderly who are without family to care for them, facing difficult diseases, and a lack of money, communication, and attention.
Unscrupulous citizens, under the guise of helping the elderly, seek to appropriate their money by getting access to their bank accounts. To prevent this, it is important to monitor such cases, and punish criminals seeking to enrich themselves at the expense of the elderly.
When is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day celebrated in 2023?
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is observed on June 15 each year.