Elder Abuse Ontario will join communities locally, regionally, nationally and across the world to heighten awareness of elder abuse. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) focuses our attention on the need for all of us, to take responsibility in preventing elder abuse.
WEAAD is recognized annually on June 15 as an official United Nations International Day acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. Since its inception in 2006, communities throughout the country and around the world have used this day to raise the visibility of elder abuse, by sharing information about abuse and neglect and promoting the resources and services that increase seniors’ safety and well-being.
Elder Abuse Ontario in collaboration with local Elder Abuse Networks and organizations are planning multiple WEAAD activities, to mobilize community action. Activities range from educational workshops and health fairs, to community walks, all in an effort to create awareness of elder abuse and engage people in discussions on how to promote dignity and respect of older adults.
For more information on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, visit the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse at www.inpea.net