UPSIDE: Confronting elder abuse

Filipinos all over the world celebrate independence from Spain on June 12.  June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), a time for Filipinos everywhere to gather and learn ways to be free from isolation and abuse that often beset people in their autumn years.

Fittingly, ALLICE Alliance for Community Empowerment is staging its annual elder care and elder abuse prevention event in a virtual setting 5:30 – 7 pm, Tuesday, June 29.  Free and open to the public, the all-volunteer team’s 13th annual Our Family, Our Future is a collaboration with the Philippine Consulate General, Asian American Recovery Services – Healthright 360 and the County of Marin Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. 

The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization launched WEAAD as an annual initiative on June 15, 2006.  The United National General Assembly then officially  designated the date for rejecting any and all forms of abuse against the older population.

The UN International Plan of Action described elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue due to the lack of understanding and investigation of elder abuse. 

While 4 to 6 percent of the world’s older adults suffer from some kind of abuse, most are often inflicted by family or caregivers and often go unreported.

“Our Family, Our Future” aims to:

* Promote healthy interaction with older adults;

* Break stereotypes of older adults;

* Connect the community with resources;

* Familiarize the larger community with the Filipino and FilAm culture, and

* Decry and call to action to stop hate crimes against Asian Americans particularly the older population.

Philippine Consul General in San Francisco Neil Ferrer and San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President David Canepa  will keynote address from the Philippine/FilAm and US/local perspectives.  Some 20 community-based family resource providers will be featured. 

As a special presentation, Tessie Madrinan, coordinator of Peninsula Family Service’s Filipino Senior Peer Counseling Program, will discuss the 9 Acts of Kindness to Empower Older Adults.  The Gallery of Grand Agers will be unveiled.

“Intentional or not, elder abuse is a crime. California law encourages all citizens to report suspected abuse of older or dependent adults. California law also mandates that certain professionals report suspected abuse, whether it is abuse by another person or self-neglect,” said Dr. Jei Africa, a licensed psychologist and director of Marin County BHRS, who will lead the recitation of the ALLICE Pledge to be an Ally to Older Adults to conclude the program.

.  Lucky attendees will receive prizes at the end of the program. The Philippine Consulate General, Our Lady of Mercy Legion of Mary, Kaiser Permanente Filipino Association and Ed and Lydia Pomposo lead donor allies.

To learn more about ALLICE, visit www.allicekumares.com.  Click on: https://tinyurl.com/mcrpusxh to receive a registration form.  Or click on the same link on the flyer elsewhere in this publication.