Elder abuse generally is the result of ageism and inequality in societies and cultures around the world. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day takes place every year on June 15. However, we must be aware of elder abuse every day. It is our job to report suspected abuse. Once reported, determining abuse is the job of a social worker, officer, or doctor.
Elder abuse takes many forms: financial, emotional, physical, sexual, neglect, and those who neglect themselves (self-neglect). Social isolation, financial or emotional stress, and dementia make a senior vulnerable to abuse.
Studies show that 60% of abusers are family members in the home. However, abuse happens in any setting–senior center, senior living facility.
The consequences of elder abuse are grim. Abused older adults are:
- 2x as likely to be hospitalized,
- 4x as likely to go into nursing homes, and
- 3x as likely to die.
According to the National Center for Elder Abuse, between one and two million Americans over 65 years old are injured, exploited, or mistreated by someone they depended on for care or protection. (Taken from: World Elder Abuse Awareness – Building Strong Support for Elders)
To report suspected abuse or abuse, please call:
911 — in emergency cases
240-777-4000 — Crisis Center
240-777-3000 — Adult Protective Services (24-hour reporting line) or MD Relay 711
240-773-5050 — Elder/Vulnerable Adult Abuse Section Montgomery County Dept. of Police
301-816-5099 — ElderSAFE Center at Charles E Smith Life Communities
REPORTING suspected abuse is our job.
DETERMINING abuse is not our job.
♥TOGETHER, we can end elder abuse.♥