June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP 
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

Tuesday, June 15, 2021, is 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.

The National Center for Elder Abuse has a very large library of publications that address elder abuse. There are many new publications that speak to cultural issues, dementia, families and caregivers, health care, exploitation, prevention, education and outreach. 

I encourage you to recognize WEAAD in and within your community.  Talk about what it is and provide the needed education and awareness so your community can be free of elder abuse.  Utilize the USC Center for Elder Justice website to showcase this important issue.  You’ll find lots of tools and tips as well as social media on this website to promote your message.  The social media page has a sample press release as well as Facebook posts, Tweets, logos and banners for you to use.