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Elder Abuse Awareness Day





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 5, 2020

Contact: Dan Hoblick, Department of Human Services, 605-773-6463

 

Elder Abuse Awareness Day

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed June 15, Elder Abuse Awareness Day (EAAD) in South Dakota.

 

EAAD provides an opportunity for communities to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of the older population throughout the state.

 

South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Long-Term Services Director Yvette Thomas said, “Caregiver stress has been identified as a major contributing factor in elder abuse; it is especially important in the current environment of social distancing and increased pressure on family units that we all remain vigilant for the signs of elder abuse including physical injuries, frequent emergency department visits, or behavioral signs of fear and withdrawal.”

 

According to the Administration for Community Living, each year in the United States, an estimated 5 million older persons are abused, neglected and exploited.

 

In addition, elders lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation, funds that could have been used to pay for basic needs such as housing, food and medical care.

 

This statewide observation coincides with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

 

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 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.

 

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