June 15th marks the 7th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
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. In addition, WEAAD is in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. WEAAD serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. –Administration on Aging
How can I get involved?
- Learn what elder abuse is
- Raise awareness of elder abuse at the local level
- Report elder abuse or neglect in your community
- Volunteer to call or visit an isolated senior