World Elder Abuse Awareness Day | June 15th

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. 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. We need everyone to educate each other about the impact of elder abuse and the pervasiveness of ageism (biases against older people) in our culture. We all deserve to lead happy lives, free from abuse as we age. Through outreach and statewide engagement, we can raise this social issue to a worldwide priority that must be addressed and prevented. Take action today! 

Engage Older People

  • Make a commitment to volunteer this year! Get some ideas about where you can help older people.
  • Email or conduct physical mailings to circulate thisScam Checklist  so that it reaches older people in your community! Encourage them to keep it by their phone to remind them of what to look out for! 
  • Give a caregiver a break! Caregiving is hard work, and providing relief even for a few hours can really bring rejuvenation to those who are struggling. Connect them to local helplines and consider ways that you may be able to safely arrange delivery of groceries, medications, etc. Find out more about caregiving. Also, be sure to safely engage in physical distancing and hygiene practices.
  • Direct older people to our list of State and National Resources to educate them on the help they could receive!

Empower Communities

  • Ask your church or organization to add information about elder abuse to their newsletters and televised events! Get some ideas for faith communities or read our Faith Community Guide.
  • Arrange an internet or phone-based presentation to local community centers, schools, assisted living facilities, or other virtual and moderated discussion board based platforms about WEAAD! Use our Power Point template. You can also arrange printing, mailing and distribution of aneducational placemat with local businesses or by using vendors online. 
  • Create a virtual event using social networking platforms and free teleconferencing and videoconferencing technologies! Get ideas about where to start here, but also find flyers, PSAs, and other resources in our World Day Tool Kit! 

Speak Out!

Involve Youth

  • Ask your teacher to commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 by virtually educating students on the signs of elder abuse! 
  • Create a virtual or mail in art, essay, or poem contest for kids about the value and respect of older people! 
  • Have your sorority or fraternity do a service project by mail or social networking sites to help older people. Arrange through your college or university a friendly caller program, or send cards and letters through your mail carrier to nursing homes or home bound isolated older people in our neighborhoods.
  • Encourage our teens to start a social media campaign to promote dignity and support for older people.

Join a virtual event!  See what events are happening in your community. If there are none so far, consider starting one, or contact your local Area Agency on Aging to see what local coalitions are doing while we all follow our local shelter in place orders.

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