June 15, 2017 is designated by the UN as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). On this day communities across the World honor our older people, and uphold their right to live in safety, with dignity and respect. WEAAD is an opportunity to make the community aware that many older people experience mistreatment from people close to them, often their family members (‘elder abuse’).
Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is often carried out by someone they know and trust, such as a family member or friend. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect. Elder abuse is vastly under-reported but the World Health Organization estimates that up to 10 per cent of older people worldwide are affected.
The theme of the 2017 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) to be observed at the United Nations Headquarters is “Understand and End Financial Abuse of Older People: A Human Rights Issue.”
For more information, contact our Area Agency on Aging (AAA) staff at 541-298-4101.