Department on Aging Raises Awareness on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day


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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) are urging Illinois residents to recognize the signs of elder abuse ahead of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

An estimated one in 10 older Americans fall victim to abuse, neglect, or exploitation each year, the IDoA’s Adult Protective Services program aims to prevent and address these issues.

In 2022, the program received almost 20,000 reports of suspected abuse. Anyone can report abuse by calling Illinois’ 24-hour APS hotline at 1-866-800-1409. It’s crucial for communities to come together and protect the rights and safety of older adults.


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