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News and analysis on caregiving topics in MetroWest and beyond.

Caregiving Chronicles


Caregiving Chronicles will present news and analysis on caregiving topics in MetroWest and around the world, in-depth Q&As with experts in fields related to caregiving and updates and announcements about caregiving resources available in MetroWest from CaregivingMetroWest.org Program Director Douglas Flynn.

June 15, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)
By DebraMcDonagh / June 13, 2019
Every year on June 15, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is commemorated in America and around the world.

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) explains WEAAD, as a way to raise awareness about the millions of older adults who experience elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. As many as 1 in 10 older Americans are abused or neglected each year and only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse ever comes to the attention of authorities. Older Americans are vital, contributing members of our society and their abuse or neglect diminishes all of us. WEAAD reminds us that, as in a just society, all of us have a critical role to play to focus attention on elder justice.

How do you spot the signs of elder abuse or elder neglect?

Sadly, many elderly adults are abused in their own homes, in relatives’ homes, and even in facilities responsible for their care. An article by HelpGuide*, lists types of elder abuse, explaining that the abuse of elders takes many different forms, some involving intimidation or threats against the elderly, some involving neglect, and others involving financial trickery. 

The most common types of elder abuse are:

  • Physical elder abuse
  • Emotional elder abuse 
  • Sexual elder abuse
  • Elder neglect
  • Financial exploitation
  • Healthcare fraud and abuse
  • Self-neglect

The article goes into detail about the signs and effects of each of these types of abuse, how to spot the warning signs, who is most at risk and goes on to offer several practical ways to mitigate and ultimately prevent elder abuse. 

Read the full article by clicking here.

What to do if you suspect Abuse?

To make a report of elder abuse, financial exploitation, neglect and self-neglect, please call the Protective Services Central Intake Unit at 1-800-922-2275. The Unit is available to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All protective services reports are confidential.

Elder Services of Worcester Area and Springwell provide protective services for the BayPath area. Once the Central Intake Unit receives a report, they will pass the report to the agency covering the town the elder currently resides in. The Protective Services program is dedicated to protecting the health, safety and legal rights of an individual over the age of 60.

*HelpGuide is your trusted guide to mental health and wellness. They provide empowering, evidence-based content that is easy to digest and focused on information you can use to help yourself.


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