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June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Friday, June 5, 2015 6:55 AM

Millions of older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited. Once a year on June 15, communities and municipalities around the world plan activities and programs to recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). It’s an opportunity to share information and spread awareness about abuse, neglect, and exploitation in later life. Everyone can make a difference, but together, we can unite around this worthy cause and take a stand against elder abuse.

What will your credit union be doing to commemorate June 15 for your elder members?

It's not too late for older Americans to get into the act online. Here are some online safety tips to share with your senior members who may not be as Internet savvy as their younger counterparts. 

  • Beware of online scams. Don’t open attachments, click links or respond to email from senders you don’t know.
      
  • Use social networks more safely. Look for “settings” or “options” in services like Facebook to manage who can see your profile or photos.
     
  • Protect your personal information online. Before you enter financial information, make sure the website has “https” (the ‘s’ is for secure) or a picture of a padlock in the address bar.
     
  • Use strong passwords. That means at least ten characters with upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols. Don’t use the same password for every account.
      
  • Are you comfortable with technology? Share your knowledge. Stop.Think.Connect. and OnguardOnline.gov give you tools to use in presentations. Or use Net Cetera to chat with your children or grandchildren about being online. 

Do you know members who don’t want to bother with technology? Getting online can reduce isolation and increase independence—sharing photos, video conferencing with loved ones, reading, shopping, or watching favorite movies. Several non-profit organizations provide hands-on technology training for older adults, including AARP TEK and OASIS Connections

Share these tips and resources with your elder members so they can get into the act online safely.

More information on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day