At DVRC we’ve been working with our community to increase awareness of elder abuse. As I read in today’s Saratogian an article entitled, Woman found dead in Fulton County home; son questioned, it resonated with me how important it is that we all be conscious of the prevalence and how to identify elder abuse. This is an investigation in process, so we don’t know the circumstances surrounding this woman’s death.
June 15th was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. A team from Leadership Saratoga helped us to begin a conversation with businesses in our community who assist elders and are active in identifying and intervening to aid at risk elders. Click here to hear what Charles Wait has to say about why this project was so important to his team.
The folks at WNYT helped us to get the message out on World Elder Abuse Awareness day by talking with me about elder abuse. But we need to be aware of elder abuse not just one day a year, but every day. So here are some facts:
- 1 in 10 elders in the US are abused.
- In 90% of cases elders are abused by family members.
- 65% of elder abuse victims are women.
- For elders experiencing abuse, the risk of death increases by 300%.