Recent research has shown that the elderly population suffers because of various causes such as financial, emotional, and physical.
This abuse suffered by seniors caught the attention of many organizations throughout the United States. Because the court reported many cases of elderly having their bank account emptied or their credit cards stolen, the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services announced that June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month.
According to Michelle Dean, program manager for the Bureau of Children and Families in the Department of Health and Human Resources, West Virginia registered last year 14,000 cases of senior financial exploitation, neglect, and suspected abuse.
Worse, as the number of elder population increases, medical costs related to elderly physical abuse is around $5.3 billion every year. In addition to this, financial exploitation leads to $2.9 billion, a large hole in the victims’ pockets.
Unfortunately, these are just the cases that have been reported until now, because many other seniors suffer from these abuses, but they hesitate to report them to the authorities. Based on the statistics, the closest people to these seniors are usually the abusers.
Nevertheless, there are many initiatives now to help the elderly such as lower functioning foster homes, adult family care programs, assisted living programs, temporary housing, domestic violence services, and home-living assistance.
Furthermore, there are also other programs offering legal assistance such as Legal Aid, Senior Legal Aid of West Virginia, and crime advocates as well. Plus, there is Meals on Wheels, a state service that offers hot meals to older persons who usually do not have any food in their houses.
This problem has to stop because younger generations need a good example of how to take care of their seniors. Fortunately, there are various ways through which the elderly can be helped nowadays.
It is also worth mentioning that many organizations offer now therapy services to encourage seniors to overcome the trauma caused by neglect, emotional or physical abuse. Seniors who are abused can always call a DHHR operated toll-free phone number.
They will find all the help and support they need at 1-800-352-6513 anytime 24/7. The elderly is regarded as part of the United States community that brought its contribution to the society. Therefore, they deserve to be helped.
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