Putting a Stop to Elder Abuse by Generating Awareness
Elder abuse is a serious problem in the United States. According to the National Council on Aging, 1 out of every 10 Americans ages 60 and older has experienced some sort of elder abuse, with estimates as high as 5 million older adults being abused every single year. Many instances of abuse go unreported because the elderly don’t have a voice and their loved ones don’t know what signs of abuse to look for.
The Los Angeles elder abuse lawyers at Garcia, Artigliere, Medby & Faulkner believe that this is a serious problem, and more needs to be done to raise awareness. Here are some ideas you can use to generate awareness about this problem and hopefully put a stop to it.
Start a Forum
Getting people talking is one of the best ways to raise awareness about a problem. A forum provides a place for people to post their own stories, get information about finding a lawyer and generate buzz about awareness programs they are heading up in their areas. Start a forum to get people talking about the serious problem of elder abuse.
Start a Blog
If you can write passionately about elder abuse, consider starting a blog. With a blog, you can tell more people about the problem as you see it, create buzz on the topic and help generate awareness of what can be done to stop elder abuse.
Starting a blog is only effective if you can get your blog seen. You can do this by writing as a guest blogger on other elder abuse blogs, posting your blog to social media and elder abuse forums, and utilizing optimization tools to get your posts picked up by search engines. Even commenting from your blog profile on other blogs will get people to come to your blog.
Use Social Media
Finally, don’t forget to use social media to generate awareness about your cause. If you have a large following on Twitter or Facebook, post regularly about the problem, sharing articles, your own blog posts and statistics that will raise awareness about the problem. Soon, those in your social and professional circles will catch your passion for this important topic, and then start sharing information on their own.
Awareness is critical to ensuring that our elderly are protected against the horrors of elder abuse. If you suspect someone you care about is the victim of elder abuse, contact a Los Angeles elder abuse lawyer at Garcia, Artigliere, Medby & Faulkner today.