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Elder Abuse Still an Under Recognized Problem Despite Millions Being Effected by It Says ALFA

 

Provo, UT -- (ReleaseWire) -- 06/16/2014 -- With the upcoming World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) has highlighted on how elder abuse is still not recognized as a major problem even though it affects millions of seniors every year.

According to the organization which was established in 1990 to act as a voice for senior living communities, 1 in 10 seniors face abuse either financially, physically or emotionally in the U.S. However majority of the elder abuse cases are not reported and the statistics are much worse for this “devastating issue” as ALFA puts it.

Another contribution regarding the extent of elder abuse was made by Administration of Community Living (ACL) which reported an estimate of 5 million seniors being victims every year in the U.S. and for every case nearly 23 cases being unreported, a clear indication that elder abuse prevention should be a priority.

Since June is the Elder Abuse Prevention Awareness month many organization and NGOs around the world will be determined to educate the general public, in hopes that the seniors will face lesser discrimination and will not be abused, neglected or exploited.

Numerous organizations including ALFA and ACL are now sharing their Elder Abuse Prevention Guide to offer staggering statistics of elder abuse and how to act for the seniors.

ALFA has encouraged individuals to create an awareness via Facebook and Twitter under their “Happy is Ageless” theme, #HappyisAgeless. The organization has also requested the general public to wear purple ribbons on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - June 15 or any other clothing in recognition of the cause. ACL has shared its World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Tool Kit which contains fact sheets, flyers, banners and Facebook posts and tweets.

Further details on Elder Abuse and how to prevent it can be viewed on ALFA.org and ACL.gov.

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