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Speak out against elder abuse

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October is National Long-Term Care Residents’ Rights Month, a time to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices many long-term care residents have made to better our community and to call attention to the rights of residents in long-term care facilities.
This year’s theme – Speak Out Against Elder Abuse, was selected to call attention to the fact that elder abuse is an issue that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
It is predicted that by 2025, the global population of those aged 60 years and older will more than double, from 542 million in 1995 to about 1.2 billion.
The abuse of long-term care residents is an issue that people may not like to acknowledge or report. But physical, emotional and economic abuses are unfortunately becoming more common.
According to a World Health Organization brief, a survey in the United States uncovered that 36 percent of nursing-home staff reported having witnessed at least one incident of physical abuse of an elderly patient in the previous year, 10 percent admitted having committed at least one act of physical abuse themselves, and 40 percent said that they had psychologically abused patients.
It is important to give elders and individuals with disabilities a sense that this social injustice is not simply being ignored.


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