“Protecting Our Loved Ones”
Thursday June 15, 1-2:30pm
Main Hall at the Arlington Senior Center
part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15, 2017 (read more below)
Come to a performance with True Story Theater to increase awareness about elder abuse. Witness dramatized stories of actual challenges faced by elders in our community, share your own experiences, and learn how to help.
Following performance we will gather for gingerbread from the Gingerbread Construction Company and coffee made possible by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs who supports the efforts of the COA.
Please RSVP the Arlington Council on Aging at: 781-316-3400 – they would love to be sure there is enough Gingerbread and help coordinate if you need a ride!
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day:
To address the worldwide problem of elder abuse The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations designated June 15, 2006 as the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). This action globally affirmed the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. According to the National Center for Elder Abuse (NCEA), “elder abuse refers to intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or ‘trusted individual’ that lead to, or may lead to harm of a vulnerable elder.” Physical abuse, neglect, emotional or psychological abuse, financial abuse and exploitation, sexual abuse, abandonment and self-neglect are all forms of elder abuse. One simple way to honor the day is to wear something purple or a purple ribbon.
This event is supported in part by the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
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