Rally to raise awareness of elder abuse | Local News
BEVERLY – SeniorCare, the Beverly Council on Aging and the Beverly Police Department drove through Beverly Thursday morning to help raise awareness about elder abuse.
The rally started at the old Briscoe School on Sohier Road and continued on Cabot Street into the city center. Concerned citizens were invited to participate and decorate their cars and bring noise makers.
June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month and June 15th was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. SeniorCare and several nonprofit and civic organizations are organizing special rolling rallies across the North Shore to raise awareness of elder abuse in American society.
Elder abuse and neglect can take many forms, says SeniorCare. It can be physical, emotional, verbal, sexual, financial, caregiver neglect, or self-neglect. Elder abuse can happen anywhere: at home, in nursing homes, or in other institutions. It affects older people of all socio-economic groups, cultures and races.
According to SeniorCare, an estimated 5 million older Americans, or 1 in 10, experience elder abuse, neglect or exploitation. Experts estimate that for every reported case of abuse, up to 23.5 cases go unreported, and the situation has only worsened during the pandemic.
If you suspect a situation of abuse or self-neglect, call 911, or if there is no immediate danger, call the Massachusetts Elder Abuse Hotline at 800-922-2275.