Jun 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and this is a serious matter. The most important members of our community don’t always get fair treatment. Read more about it here!
Jun 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and it’s something that involves all of us because protecting the rights of older persons is important. People reported fifty thousand cases of elder abused last year, and that’s just what was reported — in these cases, most of the abuse is never taken into account.
There are many types of elder abuse. Physical abuse corresponds to hitting, restraining or shoving older adults. Emotional abuse has to do with verbal harassment, threats and isolation from loved ones. These are all common when there’s a case of self-neglect when persons can no longer defend themselves from physical or psychological abuse.
Frauds and financial abuse are common as well, as people make use of the person’s assets or property without permission. Forging signatures to sign checks or using an ATM card without permission is common, too, and causes great distress to the victim.
We’re all in this together. We will be the elders soon, and we certainly don’t want to be abused. Therefore, we all need to act. First by learning about elder abuse, and second, by making sure the older people around us are not suffering from any harm.
This is why we observe Elder Abuse Awareness Day every Jun 15, because we’re all responsible for taking care of the generations preceding us. What can you do to make sure your surrounding elders are free from harm? Think about it and go do it!
History of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
In 2006 the International Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) created the Elder Abuse Awareness Day and chose Jun 15 to raise awareness about the critical topic.
Also called elder mistreatment, senior abuse and abuse in later life, this is a social disease, and it’s more common than you think. This is more than domestic violence; there are many ways in which society mistreats the elders — the most important community members.
The matter became a hot topic in 2002 in the World Health Organization, which eventually helped create the important day to raise awareness about elder abuse and create strategies to educate the public, raise information about the abuse, and reduce it.
Now, we all celebrate Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Jun 15, and we all have a part to play.
How to Celebrate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Call the elders in your family and make sure they’re okay. Visit them from time to time, too, and raise awareness on your social media about the topic!
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