What You Can Do

purple-handWhat You Can Do

Things You Can Do To Prevent Elder Abuse

  • Visit an older adult and ask how he or she is doing
  • Learn the signs of elder abuse and neglect
  • Provide a break for a caregiver
  • Ask your religious congregation’s leader to give a talk about elder abuse at a service or to put a message about elder abuse in the bulletin
  • Volunteer to be a friendly visitor to a nursing home resident or to a homebound senior in your neighborhood.
  • Send a letter to your local paper, radio or TV station suggesting that they cover issues and events honoring elders and people with disabilities
  • Dedicate your bikeathon/marathon/other event to elder mistreatment awareness and prevention

purple-handThings Kids Can Do To Prevent Elder Abuse

  • Visit your older relatives
  • Ask your teacher to celebrate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 by going over the signs of elder abuse
  • Volunteer at a nursing home
  • Facebook/Tweet about elder abuse and funding the Elder Justice Act
  • Join or create a youth service club
  • Organize a walk-a-thon

purple-handThings Organizations Can Do To Prevent Elder Abuse

  • Train staff about signs of elder abuse and neglect, and how to report suspected mistreatment to the local APS agency, Long-Term Care Ombudsman or law enforcement.
  • Healthcare clinicians can pledge to ask all patients about possible family violence in their lives.
  • Homecare agencies and residential care facilities can create strategies to support staff members, consumers and family members in abuse recognition, response and prevention.
  • Financial institutions can train banking/credit union professionals on how to detect elder financial abuse.
  • Print handouts, placemats or reusable grocery bags with information about elder abuse prevention, and distribute them throughout the community