Lifting Up Voices

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 people by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. In addition, WEAAD is in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. In a society that values the just treatment of all people, WEAAD reminds us that elder abuse has implications for all of us, and so it’s important to find the right solutions to it. WEAAD is a call-to-action for society’s individuals, organizations, and communities to educate each other on how to identify, address and prevent abuse so we can all do our part to support everyone as we age.

This year, the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) and the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) invite you to join us in Lifting Up Voices for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) 2019, a theme that is centered on unifying the parallel fields of Elder Justice and Violence Against Women by bringing to the forefront the lived experiences of older people around the globe. | 855-500-3537

Elder abuse can include neglect, physical, emotional, financial or sexual abuse. It is up to all of us to prevent and report suspected abuse. Here are some signs of elder abuse that everyone should know.

Emotional & Behavioral Signs

> Unusual changes in behavior or sleep

> Fear or anxiety

> Isolated or not responsive

> Sadness

Physical Signs

> Broken bones, bruises, and welts

> Cuts, sores or burns

> Torn, stained or bloody underclothing

> Sexually transmitted diseases without clear explanation

> Dirtiness, poor nutrition or dehydration

> Poor living conditions

> Missing daily living aids (glasses, walker, and medications)

Financial Signs

> Unusual changes in bank account or money management

> Unusual or quick changes in a will or other financial documents

> Fake signatures on financial documents

> Unpaid bills

You can make a difference in CABARRUS:

Please consider serving on the Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee.

The ACHCAC seeks to:

  • Serve residents of long-term care facilities within the county
  • Encourage community involvement with adult care homes (homes for the aged, family care homes and homes for developmentally disabled adults)
  • Promote elder abuse awareness and maintain the intent of the Adult Care Home Residents Bill of Rights

The 17-member board is open to applicants from all areas of Cabarrus County. Legislation prohibits the appointment of members who are employed by an adult care home, have financial interest (directly or indirectly) in an adult care home or who have immediate family members in an adult care home within Cabarrus County.

Initial appointment is for a one-year term with successive appointments for three-year terms.

Learn more about the Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee.

Additional resources

The Office of the Inspector General has a Scam Awareness page on its website to inform the public on how to recognize potential schemes and safeguard themselves from identity theft and financial exploitation. SSA also has a Fraud section of its Social Security Matters blog, which has a lot of helpful information, and the Federal Trade Commission now has a webpage specifically targeted to SSA scams.

For more information on World Elder Abuse Awareness, visit the National Center for Elder Abuse website. Additionally, the Department of Justice offers an abundance of information and resources online through its Elder Justice Initiative. If you suspect elder abuse, call 911 for an emergency. In a non-emergency situation, use the online Elder Care Locator, or you may call 1-800-677-1116 to find your local elder care agency. If you suspect Social Security benefit fraud or misuse, you should report that to the OIG Fraud Hotline.

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