June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day!
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living, about 5 million elderly persons are abused, neglected, and exploited annually. At least $2.6 billion are lost by the elderly each year because of financial abuse and exploitation. Elder abuse can happen to anyone, including many of our parents, grandparents, and neighbors. Yet, only about 1 in 5 of these crimes are ever reported.
The international community has acknowledged the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was established in 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations to bring together “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.”
President Obama has also proclaimed World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15th to raise awareness of the growing problem of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation in the United States. The Obama Administration also enacted the Elder Justice Act in 2010 to make federal funds available to identify, respond, and prevent elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
We encourage everyone to honor our senior citizens by observing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and making a commitment to help protect our elderly. If you suspect that an elderly person is being abused, neglected, or exploited in a home or long term care facility in Oregon, contact the Department of Human Services (DHS) at (800) 232-3020. Your help can ensure our elders’ continued health and well-being.
Victims of elder abuse may have a legal claim against the people who abused them. In addition to criminal penalties for those that take advantage of our seniors, there are also civil remedies to help seniors and their families recover medical bills and their savings.
The attorneys at Pickett Dummigan LLP have extensive years of experience representing the elderly. If you or a loved one has been a victim of elder abuse, you may have a legal claim. Contact our law office at (866) 628-3294 for a free consultation.