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Elder Abuse Month

Every June, the Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services (DSAS) partners with communities across the globe to commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).  Taking place June 15, this observance serves as a call to action for our community to raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, approximately 1 in 10 Americans aged 60 and over have experienced some form of elder abuse. Some estimates range as high as 5 million elders who are abused each year. One study estimated that only 1 in 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities.

Types of abuse investigated include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, self-neglect and financial exploitation.  In 2019, the County’s APS unit investigated 2,436 allegations of abuse, up 4% over the previous year.  Self-neglect was the highest reported allegation, followed by exploitation, neglect, and physical or sexual abuse.

The Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services (DSAS) is creating awareness with the following articles and virtual events throughout the month of June. We also invite you view our new Elder Abuse Awareness campaign on Spectrum.  Thank you for partnering with us to protect and prevent against elder abuse!

 June 2020 Events

June 1

Let’s Talk Elder

An Overview of Elder Abuse
Click here to read
View blog.


June 3

APS Workers of the Year Kick Off

A Day of Thanks to Our Amazing APS Workers


June 5 

Wear Purple Day
Help create awareness by wearing purple
and be social

Use the hashtag #WEAAD


June 8


Let’s Talk Elder Abuse

Stopping Scams and Exploitations


June 10

NAPSA's Sixth World Elder Abuse Awareness Global Summit

11:30-a.m.-4 p.m.

This free webinar brings together policy makers, advocates, organizations and individuals from all over the world to address this growing global problem.

Click here to register

June 15 

APS Virtual Mandated Reporter Training

DSAS presents a free 2-hour webinar on types of abuse, signs of abuse and how to report.

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Click here to register

June 19

APS and COVID-19

Managing Cases Amidst Crisis

Facebook Live Event 12-12:30 p.m.

Click here to watch

June 22

Ohio Attorney General's Mitigating and Protecting Against Elder Financial Exploitation

A free virtual round-table discussion featuring state and federal experts who will share their views and investigative experiences in responding to elder financial exploitation cases.

2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Click here to register

 June 22

Let’s Talk Elder Abuse

A Call To Action

Click here to read