World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15, 2012
On June 15, 2012, organizations around the world will be calling attention to the underrecognized problem of elder abuse
on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
. This day is an opportunity for American Indian and Alaska Native communities to better understand elder abuse and find ways they can make a difference in the lives of elders.
Nearly 2 million older Americans are believed to experience abuse each year, according to the Administration on Aging
, which estimates that only one in five cases ever come to light. While elders are respected and revered in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, there is a disturbing increase in elder abuse and neglect. Factors contributing to the problem are loss of traditional lifestyle, poor economic conditions, and social isolation, among other things.
Several organizations have formed to improve conditions for elders in Indian Country, including the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative
, the National Resource Center on Native American Aging
, and the National Resource Center for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Elders
If you suspect elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation, telephone the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116. If someone is in immediate danger, call 911 or the local police for immediate help.