June 9, 2016
DaMonica Rivas, Northwest Region Communications Director, 850-590-6649
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
One Person, One Action, One Nation
United Against Elder Abuse
TALLAHASEE – The Florida Department of Children and Families, the Area Agency on Aging, Florida Ombudsman Program, and the Department of Elder Affairs will be hosting an event to recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and help educate participants on how to report and prevent elder abuse.
Experts estimate that for every one in ten vulnerable adults who have fallen victim to some form of abuse, less than half are reported to authorities. 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.
There are six types of abuse that occur among elderly people and disabled adults. These include physical, emotional and sexual abuse, neglect and self-neglect, and financial exploitation.
DCF urges anyone who suspects that an elderly or disabled adult is being abused, neglected or exploited to report their concerns to the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-962-2873 or online at www.FloridaAbuseHotline.com.
- Who: Florida Department of Children and Families Adult Protective Services, the Area Agency on Aging, Florida Ombudsman Program, and the Department of Elder Affairs
- When: June 13, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- What: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
- Where: Tallahassee Senior Center Auditorium, 1400 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32303