On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), June 15, members of the Catholic Charities Seaside Older Adult Center in Brooklyn discussed the importance of getting help and support if you or someone you know is a victim of elder abuse. The commemorative day was initiated by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) in 2006, and recognized as a United Nations Day by the General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/66/127 adopted in 2011. This year’s theme is “Closing the Circle: Addressing Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Older Age Policy, Law and Evidence-based Responses”.
The New York State Office of the Aging held a special edition of LIVE with Greg, a livestream on Facebook and YouTube, discussing signs of abuse, its prevalence, and resources for getting help to raise awareness. The New York State Office of the Aging also issued a new report on the Statewide Elder Abuse Interventions and Enhanced Multidisciplinary Team (E-MDT) Initiative, illustrating the effectiveness of this collaborative, cross-systems approach that is helping victims of elder abuse. Learn more here.
Catholic Charities believes no one should feel alone or scared of their caretakers. Today and every day, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens stands with our older adults in the fight against elder abuse.
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