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Elder Abuse Awareness Day: 7 Ways You Can Help
Posted By Steve Mencher On June 14, 2013 @ 1:46 pm In Bulletin Today,Caregiving | Comments Disabled
It’s easy to miss elder abuse.
Austin, Texas. Mid-1980s. I’m sitting at lunch with a casual friend, who is living with and taking care of her mom. Mom is slack-jawed, with a vacant stare, but she knows what she wants: her portion, and more, of the french fries she’s sharing with her daughter.
As mom reaches for one more fry, my friend’s hand flashes out, spearing her mom’s hand with a fork. Mom’s reaction is much quieter than it should be; my friend shoots me an embarrassed look that says, “I’ve reached my limit.” I sit back, quiet, unnerved, not quite sure what I’ve just seen. Now I know.
Which brings me to World Elder Abuse Awareness Day , marked this year on June 15. Beyond the platitude of “If you see something, say something,” let me honor my long-forgotten friend, and especially her mom, by sharing these seven ways you can fight elder abuse.
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 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: http://www.ncall.us/content/weaad
 warning signs of elder abuse: http://www.aoa.gov/AoA_programs/Elder_Rights/EA_Prevention/whatIsEA.aspx
 more likely to come at the hands of family members and caregivers: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-03-2011/are-you-being-financially-abused-by-a-family-member.html
 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/older-americans/
 Money Smart for Older Adults: http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart/OlderAdult.html
 find ways to help: http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving-resource-center/info-08-2010/pc-respite-care-a-break-for-the-caregiver.html
 here are tips for managing stress: http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving/info-06-2010/crc-10-caregiver-stress-managment-tips.html
 fight elder abuse in developing countries: http://www.helpage.org/newsroom/latest-news/global-elder-abuse-must-be-urgently-addressed-says-helpage/
 Create the Good: http://createthegood.org/
 cooperation between seniors and law enforcement: http://www.nationaltriad.org/index.htm
 under-reported and largely hidden from view: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/reporting_elder_abuse.htm
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