World elder abuse awareness

Financial scams, romance scams, tax scams, age discrimination and intimidation targeting older adults and more are a growing concern. This year added separation from family and the fears of Covid-19 on top of those challenges facing our older citizens.

June 15th is the annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This year, more than ever, we need to be actively working to support older people, and to be aware of the difficulties they face.

Older woman leaning against a wall with a look of despair on her face.

Sadly, elder abuse doesn’t just occur on one day a year. So, our awareness needs to rise beyond that single day, and our actions need to be ongoing to make a difference.

Elder abuse isn’t someone else’s problem, or government’s problem. It will affect each and every one of us at some point. It may be someone you love suffering abuse, or it may be you when you reach that age group. Who will be there for you?

Every case impacts our society as a whole, and perpetuates the idea that people are to be used so that someone can have more things.

What can you do about this? Education is the first necessary tool to combat this scourge. Here are some resources that can get you started. If you’re already aware, share these links with others.

The Missouri WEAAD Panel video

The Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

UN Dept. of Economic & Social Affairs – Ageing

If you work for a company that wants to elevate your employee awareness on elder abuse, Tamlo has resources that may serve you well. You can find them on our website.

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