Monday, July 29, 2013

Preventing Elder Abuse: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

 On June 15, 2006, the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations launched World Elder Abuse Awareness Day as an annual call to action for individuals, organizations, and communities concerned with senior rights. In the words of the National Center on Elder Abuse, “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.”

On WEAAD, this year and every year, communities are encouraged to hold events and fundraisers, and individuals are urged to volunteer for organizations that benefit seniors. Even a simple visit to an older neighbor, friend, or family member who lives alone can be empowering and encouraging—and it’s a concrete way to help with preventing elder abuse.
Preventing Elder Abuse: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day:

by Bernard Hamill
Nursing Home Abuse

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