Each year, nearly a quarter of a million Californians are victims of elder or dependent adult abuse. Elder abuse is any form of mistreatment resulting in harm or loss (or potential harm or loss) to an older person, and includes physical, emotional and financial abuse, as well as neglect. No one is immune, but everyone can help make a difference. Click here for more information on elder financial abuse.
Elder abuse affects seniors across all socioeconomic groups, cultures, and races. Elder abuse can occur anywhere—at home, in nursing homes, or other institutions. Women and “older” elders are more likely to be at risk.
The Sonoma County Elder Protection Workgroup is offering free informational sessions on elder abuse prevention to community organizations. The sessions will be discussions led by seniors for seniors and those who care about them. For more information, call 707-565-8255.
In 2013, Adult Protective Services received more than 3,400 reports of suspected elder and dependent adult abuse in Sonoma County. This is a 110% increase in reports from 10 years ago. In 2013, the Senior Advocacy Services Ombudsman responded to more than 900 reports of elder abuse and neglect in licensed care facilities in Sonoma County.
Sonoma County is joining communities across the globe to raise awareness of elder abuse, and to encourage actions that empower older adults, educate the community and enhance intergenerational relationships.We are united in a commitment to ensuring that Sonoma County is a community where all members can live safe and secure lives free of abuse, neglect and exploitation
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. In addition, WEAAD is in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. WEAAD serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
For more information and resources on elder rights protection, visit the Administration on Aging at www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/AoA_Programs/Elder_Rights/index.aspx, or the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse at www.inpea.net.