June 15, 2019
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) wants you to know that:
"Each year, an estimated 5 million older adults are abused, neglected, or exploited. Older Americans lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation, funds that could be used to pay for basic needs such as housing, food, and medical care. Unfortunately, it occurs in every demographic and can happen to anyone—a family member, a neighbor, even you. It is estimated that only one in five of these crimes are discovered."
"World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations (UN). WEAAD aims to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic, and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect."
By law in Tennessee, everyone is a mandatory reporter. If you think an older adult is being abused, you are required to tell someone.
In an emergency, always call 911 first.
Adult Protective Services (APS) 24/7
1.888.APS.TENN or 1.888.277.8366