To raise awareness about elder abuse, the Southwest Florida Regional Agency on Aging will host a free virtual event for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. through Zoom.
Elder abuse is the abuse of adults 60 and older, and about one in 10 Americans has experienced some form of abuse. This includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and financial abuse. There are red flags that can raise awareness of suspected cases, the agency said.
It is important to identify cases of abuse and report them. Elder abuse is a hidden crime that robs older people of their dignity, their health and, in devastating cases, their lives, according to the agency.
Report suspected abuse to Adult Protective Services at: 800-96-ABUSE (800-962-2873) *Option 2; fax 800-914-0004; or online at https://reportabuse.dcf.state.fl.us/account-manager/guest-information/.
To register for the virtual event, visit https://myeldersource-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwocuGqqzIqHNQ4fWRtFEaVuJykT-nl4CW7.