Today marks the fourth annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day sponsored by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA). WEAAD seeks to promote awareness of elder abuse and neglect in all settings around the world by bringing together governmental and civic organizations.
INPEA is an organization, founded in 1997, which is dedicated to the global dissemination of information as part of its commitment to the world-wide prevention of the abuse of older people.
Learn more about how you can get involved in preventing elder abuse here.
Know The Signs of Elder Abuse:
- Unexplained bruises, cuts, burns, sprains, or fractures
- Frozen joints
- Unexplained venereal disease or genital infections, vaginal or anal bleeding
- Bloody clothing
- Sudden changes in behavior
- Staff refusing to allow visitors to see resident or delays in allowing visitors to see resident
- Resident being kept in an over-medicated state
- Sudden loss of an appetite