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Vulnerable Adult and Elder Abuse Awareness Month

May 8 - June 22, 2015

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Each year, more than two million vulnerable and older adults are victims of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Research has shown that older adults who are abused, neglected and exploited are three times more likely to die within ten years than those who are not. According to national statistics, elder abuse is grossly under reported because vulnerable and older adults who are being abused find it very difficult to tell anyone due to shame and fear. Elder Abuse affects men and women of all ethnic backgrounds and social status; it occurs in private residences and in facilities.

In 2014 there were almost 23,000 reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation of vulnerable and older adults made to North Carolina's 100 county departments of social services. Reports are made not only by doctors and other professionals but by family members and concerned citizens in our communities. Anyone who suspects that a vulnerable or older adult is in need of protection is required by North Carolina General Statute (GS 108A-102) to report this information to the department of social services in the county where the adult resides.

May 8, 2015 through June 22, 2015 is Vulnerable Adult and Elder Abuse Awareness Month in North Carolina. This timeframe ties the awareness period to both the Motherís Day and Fatherís Day holidays, in the hopes of reinforcing the spirit of respecting and valuing, not just parents, but all elders.

We all have a responsibility to support the safety, welfare, and dignity of North Carolinaís vulnerable and older adults. We urge all citizens to work together to help protect adults from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It is imperative that North Carolinians refuse to tolerate the indignity of Elder Abuse.

Take an active role in protecting vulnerable and older adults

Vulnerable Adult and Elder Abuse Awareness Month Proclamation
Vulnerable Adult and Elder Abuse Awareness Issue Briefs
NC Elder Abuse Awareness Day Announcement (PDF, 73KB)
NC Elder Abuse Awareness Day Information (PDF, 47KB)
NC Adult Protective Services Fact Sheet (PDF, 39KB)
Adult Protective Services in NC Brochure (PDF, 81KB)
National Center on Elder Abuse-Fact Sheet (PDF, 162KB)
National Center on Elder Abuse-How to Answer Tough Questions (PDF, 156KB)
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Municipal Declaration Template (PDF, 13KB)
Additional Resources
National Center on Elder Abuse, Administration on Aging (AoA)
Adult Protective Services
Adult Protective Services Task Force
Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
Victims Assistance Program
North Carolina Senior Consumer Fraud Task force
S.A.F.E. in Long Term Care
North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research Ė
"Fraud Against the Elderly in North Carolina," NC Insight, 2009, Vol. 23 No. 2

Last updated on May 18, 2015