World Elder Abuse Awareness Day June 15, 2015
The day aims to focus global attention on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders. It also seeks to understand the challenges and opportunities presented by an ageing population, and brings together senior citizens, and their caregivers, national and local government, academics, and the private sector to exchange ideas about how best to reduce incidents of violence towards elders, increase reporting of such abuse, and to develop elder friendly policies.
Every year an estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that’s only part of the picture: Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported as many as 23 cases go unreported. That is why it is so important that everyone can act to protect seniors.
- National Center on Elder Abuse: Reporting Abuse
- Administration on Aging (AoA): World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15th
- National Council on Aging: FAQs on Elder Abuse
Monthly Q & A
Dealing with your Aging Skin
Are older people thin-skinned?
Yes, literally; as you get older, your skin changes too. It loses fat and gets thinner. It doesn’t look as smooth and plump as it did when you were a teenager. Scratches and cuts take longer to heal. If you spent a lot of time outdoors over the years, your skin may be more wrinkled and dry. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause age spots, and even cancer. But you can take steps to protect your skin.