Older women from around the world have spoken out about their human rights in a new report launched by HelpAge International on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (15 June). The free screening will take place at 1:30 p.m. on June 20 and is open to the public. This intimate story reveals a hidden crisis harming older Americans in every community across the country. According to the United Nations, the growth of the elderly population will be most pronounced in economically developing nations, and elder abuse is described as "one of the least investigated types of violence". Last year, she added, hear office investigated almost 850 incidents of reported elder abuse, a number that she anticipates will be higher this year.
Most people have heard about child abuse, but elder abuse is discussed far less.
ZANESVILLE, Ohio -, 2017 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and local agencies are coming up with another way to assist seniors.
It's also important to know what makes a person vulnerable to financial abuse.
Mr Yates said elder abuse - like domestic abuse before it - was more widespread than people understood.
Older people often do not report abuse as they feel embarrassed or do not want to lose companionship, stop a service or deal with the consequences of saying no to family.
Calling for tougher sentences for those convicted of crimes against older people, she continued: "This problem is compounded by the fact that all too often, our courts hand out very lenient sentences to those who commit these offences". In some cases, the victims may not be fully aware that what is happening to them constitutes abuse.
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During his remarks, Luzerne County Manager C. David Pedri said the word "respect" kept coming to mind as he thought about older citizens and family members who are close to him.
Family Works elder protection service co-ordinator Geeta Muralidharan believed elder abuse was a growing issue in South Canterbury.
The study also highlighted that elders scare to go parks.
The survey found that the top fears among respondents about going out were that they would have an accident due to the negligence of others, that they would not receive help in a medical emergency and the fear of being cheated financially.
"We support the recommendation for a comprehensive National Plan based on a national policy framework, involving all levels of government and ranging from addressing ageism to detailed proposals for addressing abuse in aged care, in use of powers of attorney, in management of superannuation funds, in banking and in family accommodation arrangements, and more", Mr Yates says.
It included a panel discussion on financial elder abuse, where representatives from financial institutions in Edmonton discussed warning signs and resources available to support victims of abuse.