World Elder Abuse Awareness Day focusing on preventing financial abuse of seniors

 

12th annual WEAAD drawing attention to one of the least talked about forms of abuse

Do you know today (June 15) is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)? Do you know that abuse comes in many forms, including physical, emotional and financial, as well as neglect and abandonment?

The theme for this year’s WEAAD is focused on preventing financial abuse of seniors and is entitled Understand and End Financial Abuse of Older People: A Human Rights Issue.

“While the topic of elder abuse has started to gain visibility, it remains one of the least reported, investigated, and nationally addressed forms of violence against elders worldwide,” the Global Ageing Network says on its website.

“Financial abuse among older adults can take many forms. In developed countries, it often includes acts of theft, forgery, misuse of property and power of attorney as well as the denial of funds. In less developed regions, it can include property grabbing, moral and spiritual accusations, banishment from homes and denial of family inheritances.”

This year marks the 12th annual WEAAD. WEAAD was first marked on June 15, 2006, by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations.

Since then, WEAAD events and activities have been held worldwide to bring attention to the issue of elder abuse. Organizations and communities have been encouraged to host awareness days and lead discussions about the prevention of elder abuse.

In Ontario, Elder Abuse Ontario, along with local Elder Abuse Networks, will be hosting educational workshops and other events provincewide to raise awareness of elder abuse and prevent it from happening in Ontario communities.

Long-term care homes and other organizations interested in creating elder abuse awareness and prevention activities can download this toolkit created by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.

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