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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, millions of older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited. Once a year in mid June, communities and municipalities around the world plan activities and programs to recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). It’s an opportunity to share information and spread awareness about abuse, neglect, and exploitation in later life. Everyone can make a difference. Take a stand against elder abuse with the actions steps suggested below:

Engage Seniors

Empower Communities

Speak Out!

Involve Youth

  • Ask your teacher to commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 by educating students on the signs of elder abuse!
  • Create an art, essay, or poem contest for kids about the value and respect of elders!
  • Have your sorority or fraternity do a service project to help elders. Visit a nursing home or senior center and pass out education materials from the World Day Tool Kit. Visit isolated seniors in your neighborhoods.
  • Encourage your teen to start a campaign to promote dignity and support for older adults External Web Site Policy.

Join an event! See what events are happening in your community. If there are none so far, consider starting one, or contact your local Area Agency on Aging to see what local coalitions are doing.





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