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Observances Worldwide Highlight Growing Problems of Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly
DALLAS (June 15, 2015) – The national law firm of Baron & Budd is commemorating the 10th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2015. Launched by the United Nations’ World Health Organization and the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse in 2006, the event is a chance for people worldwide to better understand the problems of neglect and abuse of the elderly.
According to the Administration on Aging (AoA), elderly people lose a total of approximately $2.6 billion due to exploitation and abuse. The AoA reports this money could go toward paying for their basic needs, such as medical care, housing and food. The AoA also reports that approximately one in five crimes involving elder abuse is ever reported.
Communities worldwide are planning programs and activities to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The AoA urges people to take action to do something to help fight the problem, such as volunteering to visit or call an isolated elderly person or to submit an editorial to a local newspaper to increase awareness of this growing problem.
“The problem of elder abuse has been far too pervasive, for far too long,” said Cary McDougal, nursing home abuse lawyer and shareholder of the national law firm of Baron & Budd. “We hope that one day there will be no need for a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, but until that time we will do whatever we can to make sure our seniors receive the respect they deserve.”
The law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C., with offices in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Austin and Los Angeles, is a nationally recognized law firm with a nearly 40-year history of "Protecting What’s Right" for people, communities and businesses harmed by negligence. Baron & Budd’s size and resources enable the firm to take on large and complex cases. The firm represents individuals and government and business entities in areas as diverse as dangerous pharmaceuticals and medical devices, environmental contamination, the Gulf oil spill, financial fraud, overtime violations, deceptive advertising, automotive defects, trucking accidents, nursing home abuse, and asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma.