Levinson Axelrod fights for the rights of nursing home patients throughout New Jersey who are injured by abuse and neglect. The firm observed World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 by helping to educate the public on the growing problem of elder abuse.
Edison, NJ (PRWEB) July 07, 2014
The United Nations, the National Center on Elder Abuse, and the World Health Organization have designated June 15th as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The law firm of Levinson Axelrod observed this day by renewing its commitment to fighting for the victims of elder abuse. Levinson Axelrod encourages the citizens of New Jersey to protect their elders, and be aware of the signs and symptoms of abuse.
The world's population is aging. By 2050, the WHO estimates that the global population of people older than 60 will be greater than 2 billion. Currently, approximately 4-6% of the elderly have experienced some type of mistreatment. As the population ages, the problem of elder abuse and neglect will only continue to grow.
Many of our nation's elderly live in nursing homes or assisted care facilities. Unfortunately, abuse and neglect can take place in any nursing facility, no matter how reputable or expensive. In New Jersey, the State's Department of Health reports that it responds to approximately 2,650 complaints about nursing homes each year.
For those with loved ones in nursing homes, be on the lookout for changes in your relative which may suggest abuse. Watch for unexpected or unexplainable cuts, bruises or sores, as well as a lack of hygiene, food, or medication. Speak with elderly loved ones often, and be aware of any uncharacteristic changes in behavior, such as withdrawal or depression. Older adults are also susceptible to fraud or financial abuse, so ensure that he or she is able to responsibly manage monetary decisions-if needed, enlist the help of a financial professional to supervise your loved one's finances.