Attorney General Fox Releases Statement on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox issued the following statement Friday on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2018:

“World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is a call to action. The cases we see of older Montanans being abused and exploited are heartbreaking and should never be ignored. Abused adults aren’t nameless strangers who don’t deserve our love and support. They are our parents and grandparents; our brothers and sisters; our friends and neighbors. I’m proud that Montanans have a reputation of looking out for each other. If you suspect a case of elder abuse, don’t turn a blind eye—take action.”

Suspected elder abuse can be reported to the Montana Department of Justice’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit hotline at (800) 376-1115 or The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services’ Adult Protective Services (844) 277-9300.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living, an estimated five million older adults are exploited in the United States every year. Older Americans lose an estimated $2.6 billon or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations (UN). WEAAD aims to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic, and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.