June 15 Is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 13, 2018

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). The global observance was launched in 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations.

The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. The observance also supports the United Nations International Plan of Action that acknowledges the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.

The USC Center on Elder Mistreatment has compiled a toolkit of resources, tips and fact sheets to help make events that promote WEAAD a success. An events section lists gatherings across the country.

In addition, the Social Security Matters blog features a guest post by Lance Robertson, assistant secretary for Aging and administrator of the Administration for Community Living, who offers practical tips to join the fight for elder justice.

Elder abuse has implications for all of us, so it is important to find the right solutions. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is a call to action for individuals, organizations and communities to provide education on how to identify, address and prevent abuse so we all can do our part to support everyone as we age.

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