Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

June 11, 2013

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

The Daily Iowegian

---- — The Iowa Department on Aging Director Donna Harvey reminds Iowans that June 15th will mark the seventh World Elder Abuse Awareness Day — a day which raises awareness about violence against older adults in all its forms.

World Elder Abuse Day focuses global attention on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of our older citizens. It also focuses on the challenges and opportunities presented to us as we age, and brings together older citizens, their caregivers and their communities to exchange ideas about how best to reduce incidents of elder abuse.

“Abuse of our older citizens is one of the biggest issues facing us today. World Health Organization data suggests that, globally, 4 to 6 percent of older people suffer from some form of abuse. It is estimated that only about one in five elder abuse crimes are ever discovered,” Director Harvey stated.

“Elder abuse can happen to anyone, at anytime and anywhere so it is critical that we all stay aware and care about our older family members, friends and neighbors,” Director Harvey concluded.

The mission of the Iowa Department on Aging is to provide advocacy, educational, and prevention services to help Iowans remain independent as they age. IDA administers over 32 million dollars in services and supports through a network of Area Agencies on Aging across the state.

For more information about elder abuse, Medicare fraud, senior or caregiver related issues; you may contact Seneca Area Agency on Aging at (641) 682-2270 or (800) 642-6522 visit our website at Seneca staff is available to speak to organizations or groups regarding these topics.