“When we don’t share our stories about financial abuse, this perpetuates an issue that has been going on for years. We need to stand up and say no more! This shift in thinking needs to transcend cultures. Elder Abuse is not acceptable anymore.” –dialogue participant
Embarrassment and shame have been holding back seniors from sharing their stories of financial abuse. We discovered today, through the Finding Home seniors dialogues on Elder Financial Abuse, that this affects all cultures. Shame may be carried for many reasons; personal embarrassment, cultural embarrassment, fear of judgment on you personally, on your family, or on your culture. This silencing shame only perpetuates Elder Financial Abuse, as stories and experiences being shared is key to overcoming this issue personally as well as rooting out the abusers.
- Break the news gradually, first to a close friend, then to family and then to the public
- Try to see what you can learn and take away from it
- Share your story humorously
- Realize that through sharing your experience you are preventing others from falling into the same trap
- Understand that many others are in a similar position to you
Post by Jenni-Leigh Harder