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AAA?asking citizens to put on purple

June 16, 2011
Times Leader

The Area Agency on Aging 8 and other community organizations are raising awareness of an emerging problem today, the problem of elder abuse.

"That day we are asking individuals to wear something purple to help raise awareness of the need to protect our elders," said Buckeye Hills AAA8 Director Rick Hindman.

"Throughout the world, abuse and neglect of older persons is largely under-recognized or treated as an unspoken problem. Unfortunately, no community is immune from this issue. Ohio's Area Agencies on Aging remain concerned that for every one case that does get reported, five others go unreported."

Elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of the elderly are growing problems. A U.S. Administration on Aging study found that 1.5 million people over the age of 60 are abused or neglected each year.

Abuse of elders takes many different forms, some involving intimidation or threats against the elderly, some involving neglect, and others involving financial exploitation. Raising awareness of elder abuse and neglect is a challenge.

Communities and municipalities are encouraged to raise awareness of elder abuse issues and concerns. The day recognizes the sign-ificance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.



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