World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2023: Date, History, Significance and Why is it Celebrated?

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is an international observance held each year on June 15 to raise awareness about elder abuse and neglect. The day was established by the United Nations General Assembly and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries around the world.

Thursday is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Elder abuse is preventable and each of us can take steps to protect older people.

Watching for signs, identifying vulnerable community members and other steps can make a difference. https://t.co/NdwFdYPdED pic.twitter.com/C9yKCF0M4i

— United Nations (@UN)
June 15, 2023

What is the history of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day?

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is an annual event that was first launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) and the Organization World Health Organization (WHO). The day was officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2011, with the approval of Resolution 66/127.

The purpose of WEAAD is to raise awareness about the problem of elder abuse and neglect and to promote the rights and well-being of older people. Elder abuse is a serious problem that affects millions of people around the world. It can take many forms, including physical, emotional, and financial abuse, as well as neglecting your needs.

According to WHO data from 2022, “Approximately 1 in 6 people aged 60 and older experienced some type of abuse in community settings in the past year.”

What is the significance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day?

WEAAD is an opportunity for communities around the world to come together to raise awareness about elder abuse and neglect and take action to prevent it. Elder abuse is any act that causes harm or distress to an older adult. It can take many forms.

The theme of WEAAD 2023 is “Coming the loop: addressing gender-based violence (GBV) in policy, law and evidence-based responses for older people.” The theme highlights the importance of addressing and raising awareness about gender-based violence (GBV) in old age.

Gender violence is a serious problem that affects millions of older people and can take many forms. The theme highlights the importance of evidence-based policies, laws and responses to gender-based violence in later life.

The theme also highlights the importance of closing the loop. This means working together to address gender-based violence in later life, regardless of age, culture or background. It means working with older people, their families, communities and professionals to create a society where older people can live safely, with dignity and with respect.

The main reason for celebrating this day is to raise awareness about the significant impacts of abuse on older people. These impacts could cause many physical and mental health problems. That’s why World Elder Abuse Awareness Day informs everyone to take care of the older people around them and treat them fairly.

How to prevent elder abuse?

There are many things that can be done to prevent elder abuse. These include:

  • Raise awareness about elder abuse and its signs and symptoms
  • Provide education and training to caregivers and professionals who work with older adults.
  • Develop policies and procedures to protect older adults from abuse.
  • Provide support and resources to victims of elder abuse.

In conclusion, on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, it is the duty of all of us to unite to protect and honor the rights of older adults. By raising awareness, promoting prevention, supporting victims, and advocating for policy changes, each individual can create a world where elder abuse is prevented.

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