In an effort to create awareness on the tragedy of elder abuse, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and its Task Force Against Senior Abuse, DES’s Division of Aging and Adult Services, and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging have united to sponsor the 2019 “Why Should I Care About Elder Abuse?” Arizona Student Creative Arts Competition.
This competition is being held to help bring attention to World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, commemorated annually on June 15. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is an opportunity for people or organizations to take action to protect older people by raising awareness about elder abuse, why it occurs, and what we can do to stop it.
The competition is open to junior high or middle school students across the state. The contest will include three categories for submission: poster, essay, and video. Each category can highlight one or more types of elder abuse that include emotional, physical, financial and neglect; the signs that indicate potential abuse; and/or what to do to report abuse and find help for senior victims. Submissions must be received by 5 P.M. on April 26, 2019 and contest results will be announced by May 17, 2019.