Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed June 15, Elder Abuse Awareness Day (EAAD) in South Dakota. EAAD provides an opportunity for communities to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of the older population throughout the state. According to the Administration for Community Living, each year in the United States, an estimated 5 million older persons are abused, neglected and exploited. In addition, elders lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation, funds that could have been used to pay for basic needs such as housing, food and medical care. This statewide observation coincides with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Elder abuse resources:
Link to SD DHS Adult Protective Services Website: https://dhs.sd.gov/ltss/adultprotective.aspx
Vulnerable Adult Abuse, Neglect and Financial Exploitation Attorney General Website: https://atg.sd.gov/Victim/Seniors/abuse.aspx
Abuse of vulnerable adults is a crime. If you suspect vulnerable adult abuse, whether its at home, in a nursing home, or anywhere else, contact your local police.