DCF’s Southern Region recognizes Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15

For Immediate Release:
June 12, 2015

Ana Valdes
DCF Southern Region Communications Director

DCF’s Southern Region recognizes Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15
Employees will wear purple to create awareness about elder abuse

MIAMI, Fla. – The Florida Department of Children and Families’ Southern Region will commemorate Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Monday, June 15th. All employees throughout the region are encouraged to wear purple on Monday to help raise awareness.

“DCF is committed to ensuring that our elderly community members live safe and healthy lives, and it is important that on Elder Abuse Awareness Day and every day we all work together to prevent older adults from suffering from abuse, neglect and abandonment,” said Southern Region Regional Managing Director Bronwyn Stanford.

DCF oversees Florida’s adult protective services. Elder abuse or neglect often goes unrecognized and unreported, and is frequently committed by people an elder trusts or depends on, such as a family member, friend or caregiver. Elder abuse can be physical, sexual, psychological or emotional. Financial exploitation of a senior’s funds or assets also constitutes abuse. Neglect is the failure by responsible persons to provide food, shelter, care or protection for a senior.

Some signs of elder abuse or neglect:

  • Bruises, broken bones, burns or other physical indicators
  • Unexplained withdrawal from normal activities or unusual depression
  • Sudden changes in financial situation
  • Unattended medical needs or unusual weight loss

As part of the Southern Region’s efforts to promote awareness about elder issues, the Client Relations Department is partnering with the Alliance for Aging to host DCF and YOU: Legislative Edition from 10 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, June 17 at the Alliance’s headquarters, 760 N.W. 107 Ave., Suite 214, Miami.

DCF and YOU is an ongoing monthly series hosted at different organizations throughout Miami-Dade County to inform elected and public officials, as well as their staffs, about the services DCF offers. If you suspect an elder is being abused or neglected, call the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-962-2873. For more information about adult protective services and elder abuse, visit www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/adult-protective-services.