LeadingAge and Global Ageing Network Honor World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Insights | June 12, 2018 | by Marsha R. Greenfield

On the 13th Anniversary of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), June 15, LeadingAge and The Global Ageing Network stand committed to leading the fight against elder abuse.

On the 13th Anniversary of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), June 15, LeadingAge and The Global Ageing Network stand committed to leading the fight against elder abuse. This commitment underscores LeadingAge’s mission to be the trusted voice for aging and vision of an America freed from ageism, through our promise as the voice of nonprofits to inspire, serve and advocate.

Elder abuse is one of the least reported, investigated, and addressed forms of violence against elders worldwide. The Department of Justice estimates that one in ten older Americans are victims of physical, emotional and/or financial abuse, and we commend the Administration for its commitment to fighting abuse across the board.

Our members see the impact of abuse every day. Financial and material exploitation and physical and emotional abuse deprive elders of their dignity and security and can lead to poverty, hunger, homelessness, poor health and wellness and even premature death. LeadingAge members have been in the forefront of aging services providers in attacking this scourge. Our members work with federal, state and local authorities to identify and serve older persons who are victims of abuse. LeadingAge members created the first shelters for older victims of abuse, providing comprehensive shelter for victims of elder abuse, and legal, social, and care management services

Through education, advocacy and the continued support for community involvement through the elder abuse shelter movement, LeadingAge and The Global Ageing Network will use this year to raise awareness of the issue, and ways to identify and combat abuse and provide support for older persons.

We will continue to support national, international and regional organizations and the United Nations in their activities to prevent the abuse and suffering inflicted on elders. Join us and colleagues around the world in our fight to end elder abuse. Show the world you care about ending elder abuse and neglect by wearing purple on June 15th and tell us what you are doing to combat it in your community.

For ideas on how you might raise awareness and engage your community around the topic of elder abuse, download the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse’s (INPEA) World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Community Toolkit.