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June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month

Connections Area Agency on Aging supports Older Iowans and caregivers. June 15, 2023 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Join us in highlighting solutions to this social challenge. Throughout the year, Connections AAA partners with local organizations to serve Older Iowans and create safer living environments. Join us in commemorating World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) 2023.

Connections Area Agency on Aging is excited to share some awareness activities that are taking place.  In commemoration of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we are lighting up Sioux City, and Council Bluffs/Omaha metro in Purple.  With the Warrior Hotel in Sioux City, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge linking Council Bluffs and Omaha, and the Physicians Mutual Building. Connections is also starting our “Pinwheels for Change” awareness activity to share purple pinwheels to raise awareness of Elder Abuse.

We have several educational events across our service area:

Wednesday June7, 11-2pm-Money Smart for Older Adults Program

Homestead Senior Living

1709 W Prairie St,

Creston, IA 50801

Tuesday June13, 11-2pm-Money Smart for Older Adults Program

Graceview Courtyard

1681 College Rd

Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Wednesday June14, 11-2pm-Money Smart for Older Adults Program

Whispering Creek Senior Living

2609 Nicklaus Blvd

 Sioux City, IA 51106

Connections encourages individuals and businesses to join in showing support for Elder Abuse Awareness. Some suggestions to continue the conversation of elder abuse awareness include:

·       Follow Connections AAA social media pages to like and share posts about Elder Abuse,

·       Adding purple lights to your home or business,

·       Sharing purple on June 12 and throughout the week

·       Contact CAAA if you are interested in having Purple Pinwheels around your place of employment, worship, etc.

Connections Area Agency on Aging provides services to keep Older Iowans safe, including scam and abuse education. We assist in filing scam reports, offer support, and help prevent future scams. Financial assistance is available for those affected by scams. We also help with future planning and applying for benefits. Our services are greatly appreciated by families who rely on us for support. Some tips suggested by Connections Area Agency on Aging:

·       Create a “Safety Plan” for when a loved one receives a call or an unannounced visitor to the house. This plan will lay out what the senior will say or do, who they will call, and most importantly the information that should not be shared or confirmed with the caller/visitor.

·       Plan ahead for financial protection (i.e. power of attorney, bank account access and a trusted contact if concerns do arise.)  Share these plans with the named trusted family member or friend. 

·       Check your credit report annually to ensure no new accounts have been opened in your name.

·       Start the conversation of prevention and scam education and continue to have it. This is one of the most important tips as research shows that when someone is educated about a scam they are less likely to become a victim of that scam.

Get more information about how to make a difference or if you believe that you or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse visit www.Connectionsaaa.org or call us at 1-800-432-9209 to explore local community services and supports.

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