Elder Abuse Awareness

June 15th is Elder Abuse Awareness Day. One day—in an every-day problem that needs attention and correction as we neglect, ignore, isolate, and abuse senior citizens—a group often forgotten as “inconvenient” or no longer wanted.  “Senior Citizen” is a dirty word to some. “Elderly” means “old,” another way of saying “no longer needed or wanted.” It’s a on-going, never-ending world pandemic, claiming way more lives than Covid. June 15th asks us to be aware and try to find solutions.

Elder Abuse: Can’t happen in Colorado?

[San Juan Silver Stage | June 2020 | Kathryn R. Burke, Publisher]  Yes it can. Every day, as elders are ignored, isolated, and treated as unwanted, discardable citizens, in many cases, warehoused until they pass away.

It’s even more distressing now. Due to Covid, they are locked up, like prisoners, in their own homes to “stay safe” or “stay safer” and locked in nursing homes to die alone, with no visitors allowed. The situation is beyond dismal, and as of this writing, after three months of forced isolation and abandonment, still remains unchanged.

Stuck at home or in a nursing home, seniors, who aren’t allowed to “touch” others are told to “stay in touch” with virtual devices they aren’t comfortable using, often have trouble seeing or managing,  and are reduced to television and social media as information sources. The first is notoriously misleading, and the latter fosters mass hysteria with often highly politicized reporting. Seniors are being scared to death—literally, as they are bombarded with untruths and sensationalism. Often, elders are often at the mercy of scamsters and many, like those who live alone are targeted by those who prey on the lonely and empty their bank accounts, leaving them destitute.

SENIOR LIVES MATTER!!  Where are the protestors and protectors to save lives? To make life more bearable in an impossibly time?  There is some help out there. Do you know where to find it?  June 15th is Elder Abuse Day. Tune in and find out where and how you can help.

If you need help, or know of someone who needs help, relating to resident-care facilities, Region 10’s Long Term Care Ombudsmen will work to resolve individual resident issues and to bring about changes at the local, state, and national level to improve long-term care. They regularly visit long-term care facilities, monitor conditions and care, and provide a voice for those unable to speak for themselves. Local ombudsmen can also assist prospective residents in locating a facility that best meets their needs. [Find out more].