World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. In Florida, with the growing senior population, elder abuse is an extremely prevalent social issue. Elder abuse can manifest itself in many forms, including but not limited to: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, negligence and abandonment. Approximately 1 out of every 10 Americans over 60 has experienced a form of elder abuse, while only 1 out of every 14 cases of elder abuse is reported. Elderly individuals who have been mistreated have a 300% higher risk of death compared to seniors who have not been abused. Elder abuse can be prevented by educating seniors, health professionals, caregivers and families across the nation about this issue.
If you suspect or know of any elder abuse that is occurring, report it immediately to the Florida Abuse Hotline, which receives reports 24 hours a day. You can also call 1-800-962-2873 or visit https://reportabuse.com.dcf.state.fl.us and file a report online.