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Canadians encouraged to pledge to be elder abuse prevention champions

Everyone can do something to prevent elder abuse, say WEAAD organizers

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was June 15, and Canadian organizers are asking people, organizations and policymakers across the country to make a pledge this year to become champions of elder abuse prevention.

Individuals can work towards ending elder abuse by educating themselves on what elder abuse is, what the symptoms are and how they can prevent it from happening. People can also work with their communities to make elder abuse prevention a top priority, the WEAAD website states.

Organizations, the website says, can adopt ageism prevention into their equity, diversity and inclusion practices.

The WEAAD website also says elected officials and policymakers can take steps to make their communities age-friendly and invest in elder abuse prevention strategies.

“We all have a role to play in protecting the rights of older people,” the WEAAD website states. “No matter where you live in Canada, you can be part of this shared journey to create a safe and supportive society.”

To help Canadians get involved in the effort to prevent elder abuse, Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario and the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse have collaborated to create a document called Future Us: Roadmap to Elder Abuse Prevention.

This toolkit has three goals: to prioritize elder abuse prevention in every community; to establish elder abuse prevention networks at local, regional and national levels; and to educate people on recognizing what elder abuse is and how to prevent it.

The Future Us roadmap is aimed at engaging people who want to work towards the common goal of preventing elder abuse across Canada.

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.

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Three organizations team up to ask Canadians to help end elder abuse

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was on Tuesday (June 15), and the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA), Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario and CanAge are teaming up to ask Canadians to help prevent elder abuse by raising awareness during their 2021 campaign.

The theme of this year’s campaign, entitled “Rights Don’t Get Old”, is focusing on spreading information to help protect and uphold the rights of seniors and prevent elder abuse.

Elder abuse can come in many forms, including physical, emotional and financial, as well as neglect and abandonment.

According to CNPEA, between seven and 10 per cent of older Canadians are the victims of elder abuse. Globally, CNPEA says it’s estimated one in six seniors have experienced elder abuse.

“The basic human rights of older Canadians are challenged and undercut every day and, tragically, this has never been more true than over the last year during the COVID-19 pandemic,” CNPEA says on its website.

To help people and organizations raise awareness of the issues surrounding elder abuse, the campaign organizers have created a social media guide. More information about the 2021 campaign can be found by visiting the CNPEA website.

The hashtag #RightsDoNotGetOld can be followed on social media.

This year marks the 16th 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.

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This year’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day focuses on decreasing isolation for seniors

CNPEA and EAO are using social media campaign to raise awareness and asking Canadians for support

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was on Saturday (June 15), and the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) and Elder Abuse Ontario (EAO) are asking Canadians to raise awareness of the importance of social inclusion for seniors as part of its 2019 campaign. Read more