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Posted on: May 3, 2018

Commit to Justice on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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As Americans, we believe in justice for all. Yet, every year an estimated 5 million, or 1 in 10 older Americans experience elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

Working together, we can build the social supports that can prevent this abuse and keep everyone safe as we age. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – commemorated on June15th every year – is an opportunity for people or organizations to take action to protect older people by raising awareness about elder abuse, why it occurs, and what we can do to stop it.

WHAT IS ELDER ABUSE? Elder abuse refers to intentional or negligent acts by a caregiver or “trusted” individual that causes (or potentially causes) harm to an older adult.

WHO IS AT RISK? Elder abuse can occur anywhere – in the home, in nursing homes, or other institutions. It affects seniors across all socioeconomic groups, cultures, and races.

You can take action to protect yourself and your loved ones from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. If you observe or suspect elder abuse, contact Jefferson County's Adult Protection Hotline at 303-271-4673.

We can act collectively to support justice for all. Let’s stop elder abuse together!

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