8th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Elder abuse, like domestic violence and child abuse, comes in many forms. It is recognized by experts as a public health crisis for which there are no socio-economic borders. Millions of older Americans are abused, neglected, or exploited each year, with an estimated 84% of cases going unreported. The 8th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15th provides a great opportunity to shed light on the problem of elder abuse and generate support for your programs and services.

United Nations Event in Recognition of the 8th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the United Nations World Health Organization.  On March 9, 2012 the UN General Assembly resolution 66/127 established June 15th as a UN International Day. 

On June 14, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with the Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, hosted a daylong symposium at the White House to commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  Video from this exciting day can be viewed on the 2012 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day page.

This year, the Administration for Community Living has joined with Human Resources and Skill Development Canada, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and other international partners to observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. On Friday, June 14, a symposium will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

The first session, from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET, will be videotaped and archived by the United Nations for future viewing. Kathy Greenlee, Administrator of the Administration for Community Living and Assistant Secretary, Administration on Aging, and representatives from the UN, Canada, and other governments will give presentations on the government and United Nations perspectives on preventing elder abuse. The second session will begin at 3:00 p.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m. ET. Speakers will include representatives from AARP, HelpAge International, and the UN NGO Committee on Aging, who will give NGO perspectives. The event will end with a reception at the U.S. Mission to the UN.

What Are You Planning to Commemorate World Day This Year?

On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, individuals and organizations from across the world are urged to raise awareness of the various types of abuse to which older individuals are subjected. We hope that you will join us in making this year’s recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day a rounding success in the United States. This year, take a stand in the fight against elder abuse and take a stand for dignity and respect of our elders. Looking for other ways to commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day this year and take a stand against elder abuse? Administration for Community Living is pleased to provide information, tools, and resources to support partners in their efforts to raise public awareness about elder abuse and shed light on the importance of preventing, identifying, and responding to this serious, often hidden problem.

Last Modified: 2/17/2017