Lance Robinson (seen in the above photo), the Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administrator, Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), offered the below information last week.
This Saturday is when people all over the world voice support for the rights and dignity of elders and opposition to the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults.
§ The . established programs and initiatives to strengthen the federal response to elder abuse, promote elder justice research, and support state Adult Protective Services (APS) systems. If you suspect elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation,
§ The or by calling 800-677-1116. created programs and services that help older adults stay healthy and engaged in our communities. You can connect to nutrition, caregiver support, legal assistance, and other OAA programs through
§ The . established a “Resident’s Bill of Rights” for people in most long-term care facilities. It includes the right to privacy, to participate in all aspects of care, to complain without retribution, and to visits from friends and medical providers. If you believe your rights, or the rights of a loved one in a long-term care facility, are being violated,
§ The inform and empower people with disabilities by investigating suspected abuse and neglect, and providing free legal representation and support for clients. protects the civil rights of people with disabilities of all ages and helps make our communities more accessible and age-friendly.
Our society is like a building. Just as buildings need strong supports and secure beams to remain strong, our society needs solid “social” beams so that we can all participate fully in our communities, living free from abuse as we age.