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June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and in collaboration with the Elder Abuse Prevention Committee, ShiningCare invites our community to join us and help make a difference by attending any of our FREE events this month.
Elder abuse is widespread. Sadly, there are many older adults who live in our community whose safety and well-being are at-risk. They have little or no support systems to act on their behalf, as they begin to experience difficulties related to aging. Unfortunately, abuse and neglect are a common risk factor. Elder abuse is one of the most overlooked public health hazards in the United States. As many as 1 in 10 older Americans are abused or neglected each year and only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse ever comes to the attention of authorities. Elders with dementia are thought to be at greater risk of abuse and neglect than those of the general elderly population. In a U.S. study, caregiver abuse and neglect of people with dementia by their caregivers was detected in 47% of caregivers surveyed. In Shasta County, there have been well over 2200 reports of abuse and neglect annually since 2020.
It’s important we recognize what abuse is and its warning signs. This makes it possible for us to report abuse and stop it in its tracks. Elder abuse includes physical and emotional mistreatment, as well as neglect and financial exploitation.
The following are some common signs of elder abuse:
(1) Financial Abuse/Exploitation: Unusual patterns of spending or withdrawals from account; frequent purchases of inappropriate or unusual items; bills going unpaid or utilities being turned off; the presence of a new “best friend” who is accepting generous “gifts” from the older adult.
(2) Physical Abuse: Bruises, especially on the head or torso, and those shaped like a hand, finger, or thumb; unexplained injuries; denying enough food/water, needed medications, or assistive devices such as canes or hearing aids; giving unnecessary tranquilizers, or confining to a bed or wheelchair.
(3) Emotional/Psychological Abuse: Intimidation; yelling; threats; humiliating or ridiculing; isolating from friends and keeping them from activities they enjoy for no good reason.
(4) Neglect & Self-Neglect: Unusual weight loss, malnutrition, dehydration; untreated physical problems; unsanitary living conditions: dirt, extreme clutter, bugs, soiled bedding or furnishings; unkept appearance, unbathed and/or soiled clothing or unsuitable clothing or covering for the weather; unsafe living conditions, such as no heat or running water; faulty electrical wiring; other fire hazards.
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Elder Abuse Prevention Committee:
ShiningCare, Redding Police Department, Shasta County District Attorney, Shasta County Health & Human Service Agency- Adult Services and Public Health, PSA2-Area Agency on Aging, Long Term Care-Ombudsman, My Umbrella Marketing
FEATURING WORLD RENOWNED KEYNOTE SPEAKER – PAUL GREENWOOD
Joining us live via simulcast from San Diego, Paul’s dynamic speaking style will keep you engaged and inspired to put his elder abuse prevention tips, culled from felony elder abuse prosecution, to use in our community!
USEFUL TOPICS, Q&A SESSION AND RESOURCE EXHIBITS
Dementia, Caregiving, and Long Term Care Safety
Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Situations
Medical and Emergency Processes and Planning
Elder Abuse, Neglect and Fraud in Shasta County
Speakers: Joseph Herrera LCSW, City of Redding Fire Department, PG&E, Passages, Caregiver Resource Center, United Way of Northern California, ShiningCare, Alzheimer’s Assoc., Shasta County District Attorney’s Office, Shasta County HHSA Adult Protective Services, PSA 2 – Long Term Care Ombudsman
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS WHO HELPED PROVIDE THIS FREE EVENT: