ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) will recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day with senior living communities around the world in order to raise awareness for and help prevent future instances of elder abuse. ALFA has invited its members to plan events in their respective communities and has provided tools for anyone concerned with the welfare of older adults to educate themselves on how to recognize, prevent, and report elder abuse.
ALFA’s online tools found at http://www.alfa.org/elderabuse highlight the startling prevalence of elder abuse, provide information on how to report suspected cases of abuse, and suggest methods of raising awareness for this often invisible problem. Today, ALFA will also be tweeting elder abuse facts throughout the day and engaging with people on Facebook to encourage elder abuse awareness. ALFA also highlights news stories year-round about public policy, national initiatives, and studies relating to elder abuse.
“World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is a powerful opportunity for seniors’ advocates to come together, raise awareness, and renew their commitment to protecting seniors year-round from the damaging effects of elder abuse,” said ALFA President & CEO Richard P. Grimes. “While almost all elder abuse occurs outside of professionally managed senior living communities, it is our obligation to inform and empower seniors in the battle against elder abuse and uphold our principles of dignity, choice, independence, and quality of life for all seniors.”
A destructive precursor to elder abuse is ageism. That’s why ALFA also supports public awareness initiatives intended to change societal attitudes towards seniors. Through programs like the 2012 Short Film Competition, the ALFA Senior Living Art Showcase and ALFA’s partnership with the Age of Champions documentary, ALFA aims to illuminate and prevent prejudicial attitudes towards seniors that may lead to elder abuse and neglect.
ALFA’s Public Policy Positions, which are included in each ALFA member’s membership pledge, emphasize the organization’s zero tolerance for elder abuse. ALFA’s online tools will continue to be offered as a resource throughout the year for senior living professionals as well as the general public.
About The Assisted Living Federation of America
The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) is the largest national association exclusively dedicated to professionally-managed, resident-centered senior living communities and the seniors and families they serve. Since 1990, ALFA has advocated for choice, accessibility, independence, dignity, and quality of life for all seniors. ALFA’s programs promote business and operational excellence through education, research, publications, professional networking and online tools designed to foster innovation and entrepreneurism in the field of senior living. Visit ALFA’s Web site at www.alfa.org.