World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 2021

CourtExecutive Office Of The President
Citation86 FR 32359
Record Number2021-13019
Publication Date17 Jun 2021
Federal Register, Volume 86 Issue 115 (Thursday, June 17, 2021)
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 115 (Thursday, June 17, 2021)]
                [Presidential Documents]
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                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2021-13019]
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                Vol. 86
                Thursday,
                No. 115
                June 17, 2021
                Part IIIThe President-----------------------------------------------------------------------
                Proclamation 10228--World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 2021
                 Presidential Documents
                Federal Register / Vol. 86 , No. 115 / Thursday, June 17, 2021 /
                Presidential Documents
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                Title 3--
                The President
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                 Proclamation 10228 of June 14, 2021
                
                World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 2021
                 By the President of the United States of America
                 A Proclamation
                 Older Americans make invaluable contributions to our
                 families, our communities, and our Nation every day.
                 But for far too many, the sacred promise of aging with
                 dignity in America is broken by unconscionable
                 incidents of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. On World
                 Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Americans of all ages join
                 the international community to raise awareness and help
                 bring an end to elder abuse.
                 Elder abuse can take many forms, including financial,
                 emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, as well as
                 exploitation and neglect. Every year, one in ten
                 Americans aged 60 and older experiences abuse--and for
                 every case of elder abuse that comes to the attention
                 of authorities, it is estimated that 23 cases are never
                 brought to light. Since the start of the COVID-19
                 pandemic, we have also seen a chilling increase in hate
                 crimes targeting Asian-Americans, many of whom have
                 been elders. These attacks are shameful and deeply un-
                 American.
                 Central to our Nation is the idea that we are all in
                 this together, and that as Americans we owe one another
                 a basic duty of care. The pandemic has both reinforced
                 the importance of that duty and tested our capacity to
                 meet it--the virus has exacerbated the quiet harm of
                 social isolation among seniors around the world, a
                 condition that makes abuse, neglect, and exploitation
                 more likely. Having lost so many cherished seniors to
                 this virus, we must recommit ourselves to fully
                 including older Americans in our communities and
                 systems of support. We must care for one another--and
                 leave no one behind.
                 With over three-quarters of Americans 65 and over now
                 fully vaccinated and more progress being made every
                 day, the future for seniors is growing brighter and
                 brighter. After a painful year, grandparents around the
                 world are hugging their grandchildren again. Vaccinated
                 seniors who were socially isolated are able to reengage
                 with the broader community again. And as we begin to
                 build back better, we are working to ensure that older
                 Americans have greater opportunities to live with
                 dignity, safety, independence, and social connections.
                 My Administration is committed to fulfilling that
                 promise. That's why the American Rescue Plan included
                 more than $1.4 billion in additional funding for
                 programs that promote community living and ensure the
                 safety and protection of older adults. The law also
                 enhances the Elder Justice Act and ensures that Adult
                 Protective Services can be used to protect the safety
                 and dignity of all seniors. Additionally, the plan
                 included new Medicaid funding to expand access to
                 critical home and community-based health care services,
                 and over $275 million for elder justice programs that
                 address abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The American
                 Jobs Plan and American Families Plan will further that
                 progress, building up the care infrastructure that our
                 economy and so many families depend on--expanding day
                 programs for seniors, programs that bring care workers
                 to seniors' homes to cook meals, and programs to help
                 seniors get around their home safely and live more
                 independently.
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                 As we expand opportunities for older Americans, my
                 Administration will also not tolerate elder abuse or
                 hate in any form. I have instructed agencies across the
                 Federal Government to do their part to combat elder
                 abuse and support survivors. We are working to renew
                 and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act, which
                 also dedicates Federal funds to develop a more
                 comprehensive approach to addressing abuse and neglect
                 in later life, including through the funding of victim
                 service providers, law enforcement, and prosecutors
                 working to prevent and respond to domestic violence,
                 sexual assault, and stalking experienced by older
                 adults, whether caused by a spouse, family member,
                 caregiver, or others. And this year, for the first
                 time, the Federal Government has provided funding to
                 Adult Protective Services programs in every State and
                 Territory to support their critical, on-the-ground work
                 investigating abuse and connecting victims to
                 resources.
                 During World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we also
                 recognize the individuals who dedicate themselves to
                 preventing elder abuse. All across our Nation,
                 caregivers work to help older adults stay connected to
                 their communities while preventing elder abuse and
                 intervening if it occurs. These unsung heroes include
                 family members, Adult Protective Services workers,
                 social service providers, nonprofit victim services
                 organizations, long-term care ombudspersons, law
                 enforcement officers, judges and judicial personnel,
                 legal professionals, health care professionals, and
                 financial professionals.
                 On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we stand with all
                 older Americans, and elderly people around the world,
                 who are victims of elder abuse, neglect, and financial
                 exploitation, and we recommit ourselves to protecting
                 every senior's right to live their golden years with
                 dignity and respect.
                 NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of
                 the United States of America, by virtue of the
                 authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws
                 of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 15, 2021,
                 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. I call upon all
                 Americans to work for elder justice by building
                 inclusive communities that welcome people of all ages
                 and abilities; by learning the warning signs of elder
                 abuse, neglect, and exploitation; and by challenging
                 age-related biases.
                 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
                 fourteenth day of June, in the year of our Lord two
                 thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the
                 United States of America the two hundred and forty-
                 fifth.
                
                
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