Elder abuse is a grave issue that plagues societies worldwide. It takes various forms, including physical or emotional abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. Recognizing the severity of the problem, AARP Pennsylvania has taken a firm stand against elder abuse, particularly on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
In Pennsylvania, many older adults fall victim to elder abuse. Mary Bach, Chair of the AARP Pennsylvania Consumer Issues Task Force, emphasizes the need for collective efforts to raise awareness and protect our loved ones from these dangerous situations. Bach’s Fraud Watch Minute on Elder Financial Abuse is a testament to the organization’s commitment to this cause.
David Kalinoski, AARP Pennsylvania Associate State Director of Community Outreach, reiterates the illegality of elder abuse and the importance of educating older adults and their caregivers on recognizing it. Vigilance and proactive measures are crucial to safeguarding our most vulnerable citizens.
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AARP Pennsylvania suggests several signs to identify elder abuse:
- Physical Signs: Unexplained injuries such as bruises, cuts, or broken bones; signs of restraint like marks on the wrists or ankles; and signs of neglect like bedsores or poor hygiene may indicate physical or mental abuse.
- Emotional Signs: Changes in behavior or mood, such as withdrawal, anxiety, sudden mood swings, changes in personality, or increased depression, could signal elder abuse.
- Financial Signs: Unusual financial activity, like sudden changes in bank accounts, unusual withdrawals, or new financial documents that the older adult doesn’t understand, could be signs of financial exploitation. Missing possessions, sudden changes in a will or trust, or unauthorized use of credit cards or bank accounts are also red flags.
AARP Pennsylvania urges anyone suspecting caregiver abuse to report it to local law enforcement and contact the Pennsylvania Adult Protective Services 24-hour hotline at 800-490-8505. For assistance from AARP, individuals can call 1-877-908-3360 or visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network.
AARP Pennsylvania’s “Focus on Aging Adults” episode about elder abuse, airing on PCN on June 21 at 8 p.m., is another step towards raising awareness about this critical issue.
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability, and personal fulfillment.
In conclusion, elder abuse is a pressing issue that requires immediate attention and action. Organizations like AARP Pennsylvania are leading the way in raising awareness and providing resources to combat elder abuse. However, it is the responsibility of each of us to stay vigilant, educate ourselves and others, and take action when we suspect elder abuse. Only through collective efforts can we hope to eradicate this problem and ensure a safe, respectful, and dignified life for our older adults.
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