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.
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].