World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2021
Staying In Touch More Important Than Ever
Post-Pandemic Steps For Protecting Seniors
Today, June 15, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for 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. This year, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is particularly important as the world, with the tragic exception of some places such as India and Brazil, for the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic struck the world’s elderly population most severely and their forced isolation made the elderly even more susceptible to abuse.
Take Action Against Elder Abuse
Here are some steps you can take this year to really help those older persons in need:
- Engage with older people by contacting older loved ones, neighbors and friends, not only today but throughout the coming year,
- Ask a senior if you can help by delivering some groceries or medications or just visiting them (safely) for a while each week.
- Ask any church, synagogue or social group you are connected with to add information about financial elder abuse to their newsletters and information resources lists. If the organization sponsors any educational seminars, forums, or talks, suggest that they include a session on elder abuse.
- Introduce yourself to an older neighbor you may never have met before. The more friends and neighbors an older person has checking in on them, the more protected they are from a “stranger” entering their life and taking advantage of them. If you see a new person coming around an older neighbor’s home, ask the senior who it is and learn more about them.
- Share World Elder Abuse Awareness Day with your friends on social media to spread awareness of elder abuse.
- Involve young people by teaching and encouraging them to respect the dignity of older persons and volunteer to help isolated seniors by a friendly caller programs, sending cards or letters to older persons and running errands for them.
- Safely get involved with organizations that focus on advocacy while practicing physical distancing.
Ingrid M. Evans and Evans Law Firm, Inc. fights for elder abuse victims in San Francisco, Los Angeles and throughout California against those responsible for abuse. If you or someone you know is the victim of elder abuse here in San Francisco, Los Angeles or elsewhere in California, call us today at 415-441-8669. Our toll-free number is 1-888-50EVANS (888-503-8267).
If you or a loved one been the victim of any form of elder abuse in California, contact elder abuse attorney Ingrid M. Evans at (415) 441-8669, or toll-free at 1-888-50EVANS (888-503-8267)or by email at <a href=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com</a>. Our attorneys have experience with all types of elder abuse, including physical and financial elder abuse, investment and securities fraud and annuity fraud. We can help guide your case through a jury trial, or toward an equitable settlement. We handle cases involving physical and financial elder abuse, qui tam and whistleblower law, nursing home abuse, whole life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.