Riverside County DPSS To Recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day June 15

Posted on 6/1/2017 12:06:14 PM


June 1, 2017

Riverside County





            World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2017

      DPSS Adult Services organizes community outreach


Riverside- Riverside County Department of Public Social Services has joined organizations across the globe in recognizing June 15, 2017 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). WEAAD is an opportunity for you or your organization to take action to protect seniors by raising awareness about elder abuse. 

Every year, an estimated 5 million or 1 in 10, older Americans becomes a victim of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation.  And experts believe that for every reported case of elder abuse or neglect, as many as 23 cases go unreported. Riverside County DPSS Adult Protective Services regularly provides prevention education to seniors, and training to those interested on how to recognize and report elder abuse.  “It requires a collaborative effort, working with the community, to identify and address the complex problems of elder abuse,” said Lisa Shiner, DPSS Assistant Director of Adult Services.  

The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations (UN) launched the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2006, to unite communities around the world in raising awareness about elder abuse. WEAAD is in support of the UN’s International Plan of Action acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. 

Get involved, learn the warning signs and report elder abuse when you see it!

24 Hour Adult Protective Services Hotline: 800.491.7123

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