World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
This year’s day for promoting the recognition and awareness of world elder abuse is Saturday, June 15th. Created in 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization (WHO), this day is intended to raise awareness and understanding of the injustices of neglect and abuse that older people face. In addition, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) recognizes the impact that elder abuse has as both a public health issue and an issue of human rights.
According to the Administration of Community Living, elder abuse is evident in many ways, including abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Millions of elders suffer from this abuse every year, and a vast majority of these cases go unreported. Do your part this year to raise awareness of this injustice: visit an isolated senior, volunteer for a senior program, organize a fundraiser to support abuse prevention initiatives, submit an editorial or letter to your local newspaper about elder abuse, or stay in touch with the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) to continue the ongoing fight against wrongs done to older adults at http://ncea.aoa.gov/get_involved/index.aspx
For more resources and volunteer opportunities, visit the following websites:
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