Elder Care Services to Host A Strides for Change Abuse Awareness Walk as Part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

 

June 15, 2024 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. On this day each year, communities in the USA and all over the world will sponsor events to highlight solutions to this systemic social challenge. Elder Care Services will be hosting their annual Strides for Change: An Abuse Awareness Walk to further participate in this national conversation on June 14th from 4-6 pm at Rotary Park located at 1504 State St. in DeKalb, IL. This is a free event and is open to all.

When we come together, we can prevent elder abuse from happening. We can put support services in place, and direct community resources toward addressing elder abuse. Our community must reaffirm our commitment to justice and create a sturdy structure of support that will benefit us all as we get older.

Elder abuse is widespread. Every year an estimated 1 in 10 older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Elder Care Services of DeKalb County, your senior service provider, received a total of 340 reports of abuse in 2023. This represents abuse happening right here in DeKalb County! Unfortunately, that’s only part of the picture as experts believe that elder abuse is significantly under-reported, in part because so many of our communities lack the social supports that would make it easier for those who experience abuse to report it. Research suggests that as few as 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse come to the attention of authorities.

The good news is that we can prevent and address the issue of elder abuse through awareness and action. There are many ways we can work together to strengthen local social support through policies, services, and programs that keep us integrated in our communities as we age. You can find ideas on how to make a difference below.

• You can work with Elder Care Services to create spaces that allow older people to build relationships and participate in the work, play, and life of our neighborhoods.
• You can work with Elder Care Services to increase transportation access to reduce social isolation and so that we can continue to move throughout our communities as we age.
• You can work with Elder Care Services to find new and better ways to arrange and coordinate the teams, agencies, and programs that work specifically with older people.
• You can participate in learning about the importance of preventing isolation, how to spot the warning signs of abuse, and what to do to address abuse or neglect by participating in our Strides for Change awareness walk on June 14th at 4 pm in Rotary Park DeKalb, IL.

By doing all that we can to strengthen the social support structure, we can reduce social isolation, protect communities and families against elder abuse, and build a nation that lives up to our promise of justice for all.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact:
Elder Care Services of DeKalb County Board and Staff
815-758-6550
www.ecsdekalb.org

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