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.

At the core of this year’s message on the importance of social inclusion for seniors is a social media campaign, #AgeofInclusion.

CNPEA says when seniors are isolated or lonely they become more at risk of abuse. The organization estimates 30 per cent of Canadian seniors are at risk of becoming socially isolated.

But by raising awareness of this issue, Canadians can play a role in decreasing social isolation for the senior population. Using social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, to share information and updates from CNPEA and EAO is one way people can help.

“With your help, we hope to shine a light on social inclusion as a tool to keep us safe from abuse as we age,” the CNPEA says on its website.

CNPEA is offering a fact sheet to help people use social media to raise awareness of this year’s campaign.

This year marks the 14th 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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