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Join us in Lifting Up Voices against elder abuse
Join DHS on June 15 as we observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). WEAAD is an opportunity for people and organizations to take action to protect older adults. Please reach out to an older adult in your community to make sure they are thriving, safe, treated with respect and connected to necessary resources.
Here’s what you need to know:
- How to spot elder abuse, neglect and exploitation
- How to report concerns to Adult Protective Services (APS)
- How to help prevent the circumstances that lead to abuse
As we continue to practice social distancing, depression and isolation can lead to self-neglect, and unchecked caregiver stress can lead to abuse.
The American Society on Aging suggests looking for physical signs such as bruises and welts, as well as behavioral signs like anger, fear, anxiety, nervousness or depression. Elders who are being abused may withdraw, avoid eye contact, suddenly lose weight, experience mood swings or may startle easily.
If you are concerned about an older adult, contact APS to file a confidential report. Remember to always call 911 in emergencies.
Don’t let June 15 be just another Monday on your calendar. Instead, advocate for an age-friendly Georgia, one that prioritizes health, self-efficacy, civic engagement, lifelong learning and prosperity for older adults. Be a support for family caregivers who are struggling. Lend your eyes, ears and voice to Georgians. Together, we can become champions for safety, dignity and empowerment today and throughout the year.
In an effort to increase awareness about elder abuse, neglect and exploitation across Georgia, we encourage you to go purple Monday, June 15! Share your photos online by using the hashtag #WEAAD in your posts.The more people share this hashtag, the more powerful the movement can be!