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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