Today, we join the world in commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). Since its inception 16 years ago, WEAAD has provided an opportunity to promote awareness of—and critical actions from all over the world that addresses—abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older people.
In the White House’s WEAAD proclamation, President Biden declared, “it is more vital than ever that we ensure our older adults can age with the dignity, security, and appreciation that every person deserves. Honoring and respecting older Americans is a matter of basic human dignity and justice — it is part of the character of our Nation.”
It is not too late for you to participate in this important day. ACL's National Center of Elder Abuse can help with:
- tools and tips including sample materials and outreach materials,
- action ideas to advance elder justice today and every day,
- a list of events around the country and around the world (make sure you add your event if you haven't already!), and
- suggested social media content and graphics you can use to raise awareness.
We also hope you will join us and our federal partners for two important virtual events:
- TODAY at 1pm ET, ACL and our federal partners will share the latest data and resources on elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The #WEAAD615 challenge encourages people around the world to engage their friends, family, and colleagues by sharing facts about elder abuse and how to prevent it. During this virtual event, federal agencies will take this challenge with a twist, sharing 6 facts about elder abuse, 1 action the agency will take, and 5 resources or tips you can use to promote elder justice.
- On Tuesday, June 21, at 10am ET, the Elder Justice Coordinating Council will host a meeting featuring a panel on nursing home reform, enforcement, and residents’ rights as well as a panel on effective messaging to prevent scams and fraud targeting seniors. The EJCC brings together leaders from across the federal government to address issues of elder justice nationally.
We can all play a role in creating a more just society that values all people, regardless of age or ability.