June is World Elder Abuse
The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations (UN) recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15, 2020 to unite communities around the world in raising awareness about elder abuse. WEAAD serves as a call-to-action for our communities to raise awareness about abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elders, and reaffirm our country’s commitment to the principle of justice for all.
Elder abuse is widespread. Abuse of an older adult can include: physical, sexual or emotional abuse; confinement; passive neglect; willful deprivation; or financial exploitation. Every year an estimated 1 in 10 older Americans experience elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation and it is often significantly under-reported -- as few as 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse are ever brought to the attention of authorities. Abuse affects people across all socioeconomic groups, cultures, and races and can happen to anyone intentionally or unintentionally. Take a stand and report abuse to protect older Americans.
Our trained professionals in Adult Protective Services investigate abuse through the Illinois Department on Aging. If you suspect an older adult or an adult with disabilities is a victim of elder abuse in the Palos, Lemont, Orland or Worth Township area, please immediately make a report to PLOWS Council on Aging at 708-361-0219 or through the state hotline at 1-866-800-1409. Your identity will remain anonymous and your information confidential.