Jackson County Adult Protective Services (APS) staff facilitates the Elder Abuse Interdisciplinary Team (I-Team), which meets quarterly at the Jackson County Department of Health and Human Services (JCDHHS). Members of the I-Team include representatives from many agencies and local businesses. The I-Team exist to establish collaboration in the community, with the common purpose to assist adults who are in danger or harm, who are unable to protect themselves and/or have no one else to help them. The goal of the I-Team is to create a collaborative framework that improves response to victims of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. These meeting have proven to be beneficial, as members of the team will bring experiences from their positions and backgrounds which create best practices in service delivery.
If you suspect an elder adult or adult at risk has experienced, is currently experiencing, or is at risk of experiencing abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or financial exploitation, your first step should be to contact the appropriate agency.
During regular business hours please call: 1-715-284-3978
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is on June 15th and is an annual international United Nation’s observation day as a result of United Nations resolution 66/127.
With a growing global population of older adults people, and as longevity increases, abuse of older adults is an increasing and serious problem that affects health and human rights and can cause death. It is vital to raise awareness of elder abuse and prevent it whenever and wherever possible.
Elder abuse is global and comes in many forms including physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse and also neglect. Older Adults are human and deserve the same dignity and respect as people of all other age groups.
Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to abuse and to being unable to defend themselves and get help. Fear and uncertainty can be major barriers to seeking and getting help. Sometimes spotting and challenging abuse in the elderly isn’t easy. Some older adults are isolated having outlived family and friends, and some are abused in institutions where abuse is not spotted or is covered up. In other cases, the elderly are not given priority by authorities in abuse matters.
The UN aims to raise awareness of elder abuse and prevent it through the creation of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This day of recognition allows communities, the press, and media to run events and highlight the danger of elder abuse and what can be done to prevent it and what to do if it is spotted.