This June marked the eighth annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). The program, launched by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, aims to achieve global recognition for elder abuse which will continue adult protective services efforts.
Are you aware that one in ten elderly American adults has received some type of mistreatment? Whether the act is labeled nursing home abuse, financial abuse or another form, California’s elder law resources took a stand against elder abuse this summer, fuelling the efforts of WEAAD.
Earlier this June, an all-day elder abuse conference was held in Imperial County, CA (http://www.ivpressonline.com/news/ivp-imperial-county-agency-hosts-firstever-elder-abuse-conference-20130606,0,2459767.story) – the first ever of its kind in the USA. Among many issues, the conference highlighted warning signs of elder abuse and prosecution cases in California which involved elder law. Police offers, public health agencies and social services employees were in attendance.
Throughout the year, the California Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud & Elder Abuse has been working to protect seniors from mistreatment in many forms – physical abuse , medical negligence and financial abuse like life settlement fraud. Their site includes a helpful video on legal duties of reporting elder abuse. Did you know that California law requires health-care employees to report signs of elder abuse to both local law enforcement and social services?
It’s never too early to start preparing for next year’s WEAAD. The National Center on Elder Abuse has some great tips for participating in WEAAD – utilize these guidelines to initiate activism and awareness in your community, workplace, family and more. A useful guide relaying definitions and signs of elder abuse is also available from the University of California’s Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect .
Garcia, Artigliere & Medby support the state’s efforts to eradicate elder abuse, as well as the awareness raised through WEAAD. As experienced elder law attorneys, we believe in attaining justice and support for the abused. If you suspect elder abuse has occurred to a loved one, please contact our California office for a free case review.