Elder Abuse Prevention

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MACOA is proud to partner and serve as a member of the Elder Abuse Taskforce to protect and prevent elders from abuse.

MACOA is committed to the safety of all Seniors and dedicated to protecting them from elder abuse.

Adult Abuse Facts:

  • Abuse is a painful reality for thousands of Alabama’s elderly and disabled adults.
  • The elderly population is the fastest growing segment of our society.
  • The hidden problem of adult abuse is on the rise as elders are living longer and requiring more care from others.
  • Adult abuse often occurs among families experiencing stress.
  • Most adults desire to continue living independently.
  • Although adult abuse usually occurs in a family setting, health care or social service providers may abuse those in their care.
  • Adult abuse can occur in all racial and ethnic groups and among families in all income levels.
  • Adults often suffer humiliation and embarrassment whenever they are abused, neglected or exploited.
  • Regardless of age or ability, each individual deserves to be safe from harm by those who come in contact with them on a regular basis.

        Members of the MACOA Leadership Team promoting Elder Abuse Awareness


Report Elder Abuse: 

Elder Abuse Hotline
1-800-458-7214

Contact the local County DHR Office Adult Abuse Hotline  

1-800-458-7214 or contact local law enforcement

 

JUNE 15th IS WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY
Click here to learn more and how you can get involved
 

 

Every year an estimated 5 million, or 1 in 10, older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And experts believe that for every reported case of elder abuse or neglect, as many as 23.5 cases go unreported.Everyone can act to protect seniors – no act is too small.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) – commemorated on June15th every year – is an opportunity for you or your organization to take action to protect seniors by raising awareness about elder abuse. It starts with one person and one action.

PLAN, BE CAUTIOUS, STAY CONNECTED, AND REPORT ELDER ABUSE


Please visit the Alabama Department of Human Resources at:

http://dhr.alabama.gov/directory/Adult_Prot_Svcs.aspx

to learn more about Adult Protective Services.