View the DAAA Community Conversation with Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy held on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2020
What is Elder Abuse?
Elder abuse is a universal problem and is prevalent everywhere. Elder abuse affects older adults of all socio-economic groups, cultures and races. Older adults are sometimes at-risk of mistreatment and abuse in many different settings. It can occur in a person’s home, in long-term care and residential facilities. It’s time to learn how to recognize the signs of elder abuse so we can all help prevent the mistreatment of older adults.
Types of Elder Abuse
Generally, there are several different types of elder abuse. Consensus from social data and studies, has categorized five main areas:
- physical abuse
- psychological or verbal abuse
- sexual abuse
- financial exploitation
Learn how and where to report elder abuse by visiting Michigan Department of Attorney General
Elder Abuse Prevalence
- 1 in 10 Americans, age 65 and over experience some form of elder abuse.
- Nearly 100,000 cases of elder abuse were reported in Michigan in 2019
- Adults 60 and older comprise 15% of the population and account for nearly 30% of fraud victims.
- 66% of perpetrators are family members.
DAAA Taking Action Against Elder Abuse:
- Effectiveness is predicated on research data and critical elements of establishing relationships with faith-based organizations in urban areas with dense minority populations
- Establishing a coalition infrastructure to collaborate among network members
- Engaging in a strong commitment to its purpose by formalizing procedures to identify and report abuse
- Identifying the program objectives to bring about efficacy.
- These initiatives will be the core elements in building a successful community network in combating elder abuse.
DAAA Pilot Program
- Elder Abuse Prevention Took Kit
- Caregiver Tool Kit
- Elder Abuse Prevention Training Guide
- Elder Abuse Prevention Talking Points
- 2017 Summit Presentation - Pilot
DAAA is partnered with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan to implement an Elder Abuse Prevention In-Action Collaborative to provide training to Wayne County Sheriff Community Chaplains. The goal is to mobilize support and build a broader awareness about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation to increase reporting of crimes committed to elderly and vulnerable adult through their networks of faith based organizations.
For more information please contact DAAA at (313) 446-4444.
Community Conversation with Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy held on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2020 - Click Here