June 16, 2011
Last Wednesday, June 15th, was the 6th Anniversary of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which brings much needed worldwide attention to the abuse and neglect many of our elderly in society suffer. The American Psychological Association says that 2.1 million elderly Americans are victims of some form of abuse or neglect per year.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was initiated by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. People throughout the world wear purple on June 15th to show their support for ending elder abuse.
Included in this day of awareness is bringing attention to nursing home abuse. Tragically, physical, emotional, financial, and sexual abuse are not rare occurrences in nursing homes throughout our country. Family members and other loved ones of nursing home residents should help fight against nursing home abuse by visiting their loved ones frequently and looking for signs of abuse or neglect.
If you suspect abuse or neglect you should notify the authorities immediately and talk to a qualified nursing home abuse lawyer.