World Elder Abuse Awareness

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

What is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day?

On June 15, 2006, the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) established World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action, which recognizes the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. Every year an estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, exploitation and neglect. The incidence of abuse towards older people is predicted to increase as we are experiencing a rapidly aging populations.

Since its inception, communities throughout the world use this day 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. WEAAD is the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older adults. We invite you to stand with us, United Against Elder Abuse!

How is Ageless Alliance involved in WEAAD?

Ageless Alliance receives a grant from the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) to help develop, promote, and assist with the national WEAAD campaign efforts. Working closely with the NCEA, Ageless Alliance updates educational resources and tools used throughout the nation and globe and works as the outreach arm to local communities.

This year, the NCEA and Ageless Alliance are commemorating WEAAD through a “Finish this Sentence” social media campaign using #WEAAD. Visit our Twitter and Facebook pages to add your voice! Together, we can build strong supports for older adults locally and across the globe. See the compiled responses on the WEAAD 2017 Story.

How can I get involved in my community?

Visit the NCEA, Administration for Community Living (ACL) hosted WEAAD Website to find campaign materials, ideas to take action, and events submitted around the world! We can’t wait to see the activities and events you come up with!