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Elder Abuse Month


Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Each year, an estimated 5 million older adults are abused, neglected, or exploited. Older Americans lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation, funds that could be used to pay for basic needs such as housing, food, and medical care. Unfortunately, abuse occurs in every demographic and can happen to anyone—a family member, a neighbor, even you. It is estimated that only one in five of these crimes are reported.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations (UN). WEAAD provides an opportunity for communities around the world to promote awareness about abuse, neglect, self-neglect and exploitation of older adults.  Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services is joining in this international initiative with a full month of activities.  Together, we can prevent elder abuse and neglect.

 June 2019 Events

 June 3 Lifting Up Voices

Natasha Pietrocola
Adult Protective Services
A Facebook awareness series

 June 7 Wear Purple Day

Kick-Off Event
Help create awareness by wearing purple and being social  …. #WEAAD

 June 10 Lifting Up Voices
Janelle Leonard
Hickman & Lowder
A Facebook awareness series


 June 10 7th  Annual Cuyahoga County  Elder Abuse Awareness Forum

The Changing Face of Trauma:
Healing Aproaches for Victims and Professionals
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Conference Center at Benjamin Rose Institute
11890 Fairhill Road
Cleveland, OH

 June 14 Consortium Against Adult Abuse Conference

Exploring Elder Abuse Through a Trauma Informed Lens

Tri-C Corporate College East
4400 Richmond Road
Warrensville Hts., OH

 June 15 Light the Tower for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Keep an eye to the sky to see our local landmark decked in purple

 June 17

Lifting Up Voices
Etta Smith-Wells
The Eldercare Institute, LLC
A Facebook awareness series


 June 24 Free Mandated Reporter Training

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Cuyahoga County Public Library
6361 Selig Drive
Pre-register via Eventbrite

 June 24 Lifting Up Voices

Clinical Geropsychologist
Dr. Karen White
A Facebook awareness series

 Download a flyer of event activities here
Adult Protective Services Unit Fact Sheet
Learn more from the National Center on Elder Abuse








How to Report: Adult Protective Services

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