World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, individuals and organizations from across the world are urged to raise awareness of the various types of abuse to which older individuals are subjected. As part of the Year of Elder Abuse Prevention (YEAP), the Administration for Community Living has provided information, tools, and resources to support individuals and organizations in their efforts to raise public awareness about elder abuse and shed light on the importance of preventing, identifying, and responding to this serious, often hidden problem. 
 
The Administration on Aging (AoA), an agency of the Administration for Community Living, is sponsoring the Year of Elder Abuse Prevention to encourage national, state, and local organizations to protect seniors and raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. As part of the YEAP and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the AoA is pleased to provide information, tools, and resources to support partners in their efforts to raise public awareness about elder abuse and shed light on the importance of preventing, identifying, and responding to this serious, often hidden problem. The YEAP and World Day toolkit includes:
Additional resources and fact sheets are available on the AoA website designed to educate individuals and groups in help prevent elder abuse. Also check out the Ageless Alliance website to learn the signs of elder abuse, with suggestions as to proper reporting. 
 
Older adults can protect themselves by planning for their future.  Ask your attorney to help you create an appropriate estate plan that may include a living will, a revocable trust, and a durable power of attorney for health care and asset management. Name a person you trust to make health care and asset management decisions for you in the event you are not able to make those decisions for yourself. Act now to protect yourself from potential abuse in the future by working with family, friends, and trusted advisors to get your estate plan in place.

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