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12 things we can do to prevent elder abuse

Paula Carlsen

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Abuse is a horrible circumstance that can happen to anyone. Elders are no exception. There are ways to limit them and National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) is here to give 12 things that everyone can do to build a community that aid and prevents elder abuse.

  1. Learn the signs of elder neglect and abuse and how we can solve the problem together.
  2. Communicate with friends and family members regarding how we can all age well, and reduce abuse with services and programs such as community centers, public transportation and upgraded law enforcement.
  3. Avoid isolation. Visit or call our older loved ones and often ask how they are doing.
  4. Send a letter to a local paper, TV or radio station proposing that they talk about World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15) or Grandparents Day in September.
  5. Register to Ageless Alliance, an organization that connects people of every age, nationwide, who stand united for the importance of older people and the exclusion of elder abuse. Which you can do by visiting agelessalliance.org.
  6. Give caregivers respite breaks.
  7. Support our bank managers to instruct tellers on how to recognize elder financial abuse.
  8. Request our doctors to ask all older patients regarding family violence possibility in their lives.
  9. Contact Long-Term Care Ombudsman or a local Adult Protective Services to learn how to help their work supporting older people and adults with disabilities who may be at greater risk.
  10. Arrange an “Aging with Dignity” poster or essay contest in a local school.
  11. Ask religious gathering leaders to give a lecture about elder abuse at a service or to post a message regarding elder abuse in the bulletin.
  12. Volunteer to be a friendly guest to a homebound older person or a nursing home resident in our communities.

Let's play our role in constructing safe, comfortable community for people of all ages. For more info regarding elder abuse prevention, visit ncea.acl.gov.

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