World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
In 2011, the United Nations designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, recognizing Elder Abuse as a “global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world.” The World Health Organization defines Elder Abuse as any act or lack of action that occurs within a relationship where there is an expectation of trust. This can come in the form of financial, emotional, physical or sexual mistreatment.
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, about 5 million, or 1 in 10 older Americans, are victims of Elder Abuse, with about 1 in 14 cases going unreported. It is also worth noting that anyone can be a perpetrator of Elder Abuse. In fact, almost 60% of abusers in elder abuse and negligence cases are family members
Here at Elder Law & Advocacy, we serve over 8,000 seniors annually in both San Diego and Imperial counties. If you have concerns regarding Elder Abuse for yourself or a loved one, please contact our office at (858) 565-1392 and visit our website at seniorlaw-sd.org. We can help with legal services for persons ages 60 and over and their caregivers. We also assist with health insurance issues, and legal assistance for skilled nursing home residents. For physical, sexual, and emergency situations, we also suggest that you call Adult Protective Services at (800) 510-2020 (within San Diego County) or (800) 339-4661 (outside the County).