June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month. In honor of this, and to raise awareness concerning this important issue, a rally was held in front of Beverly City Hall today. According to literature provided by Scott Trenti, the Executive Director of SeniorCare Inc., an organization that has served elders and disabled adults on Cape Ann and the Greater North Shore since 1972, 85% of elder abusers come from the elder’s own family. Abuse can take many forms: physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, to financial exploitation, neglect, or even self-neglect.
Elder abuse should be reported to law enforcement, regional protective services programs such as SeniorCare, or the statewide Elder Abuse Hotline (1-800-922-2275). The hotline is available on a seven day a week, 24 hour a day basis. Click here for additional information.