Elder Abuse Awareness Day June 15, 2016
When I was in high school, my brother and I went to a Halloween party. We were having a great time until we received a phone call to go home ASAP because something happened. We drove home worried. We didn’t know what happened or what to expect.
At home, I watched the door to the garage open and I didn’t know how to react. I was just at a friend’s party where we were laughing and everything was normal and now I see my Father and my grandfather with blood all over them. My father’s eye was swollen shut and underneath it was a gash and blood squirted out with each heartbeat. My grandfather’s face was bruised, his lip busted open and extremely swollen. I was horrified.
My father was picking up merchandise for our Latin Music Store and it was late at night. He stopped at a stoplight and a car stopped next to him. Next thing you know a group of guys were trying to open the doors to my dad’s truck. My father’s instinct was to fight but he was outnumbered. They assaulted him until my grandfather draped himself over his son and pleaded with the attackers to stop.
My father is the type of person to give his life to save his family if we were in jeopardy and his father (my Grandfather) is the exact same way. So selfless… It made me that much more furious knowing that they looked at my grandfather, at his age, putting his frail body in harms way to protect his son, and instead of going away, they continued their assault on my grandfather.
That night in the emergency room, I never had such anger in my heart in my entire life to this day. This wasn’t a mugging or a personal vendetta; they were people that did it “just because.”
It’s Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The assault on my grandfather is not the abuse this day is bringing awareness to BUT I bring it up so you can get an understanding of what kind of feeling I get when I hear of Elder abuse. My gut reaction goes to immense anger and I see my grandfather’s beaten face in my mind. I was raised in a household where we respect our elders and VALUE them!
This abuse is happening domestically within the home and with paid caregivers hired to take care of the elderly patients. Understand that when we get older, our bones become more brittle and even the smallest of injury can be serious! I cannot begin to comprehend how anyone could abuse another human being who trusts you, who’s helpless and cannot protect him or herself. How can anyone think that’s o.k. or justified in any circumstance?!!!
I’ll never express it enough how any abuse is WRONG. No matter what your age is, what your gender is, who you choose to love, where you were born, if you have any disabilities, illnesses or differences- ABUSE, in all its forms, WILL NEVER BE OK.
To find out more and see their F.A.Q in regards to Elder Abuse, go to the Seniors Rights Website. Don’t be that person that puts their head in the sand, because reading about stuff like this is just too uncomfortable or you just don’t want to deal with it. Be aware, understand, and make a difference.