World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD):
Elder abuse is a pervasive problem globally and is deeply rooted in cultural, social, and economic factors. In America alone, there are 5 million people suffering from elder abuse and only 1 in 24 cases are reported to the authorities. Abuse can come in many forms including physical, emotional/psychological, sexual, financial, neglect and self-neglect. Victims of abuse have a 300% higher risk of death when compared to those who had not been abused. In addition, financial elder abuse results in a $2.9 billion loss for victims and a medical cost of $5.3 billion. One way of stopping elder abuse is by creating more awareness about this devastating issue.
June 15th is recognized as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). WEAAD was created in 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. One of the reasons that elder abuse is so persistent is due to the fact that it is a silent epidemic. Many people do not recognize the signs of elder abuse and oftentimes the victims are afraid to speak up. This day is observed in communities around the world to raise awareness and create a deeper understanding of the epidemic of elder abuse and neglect . It is an opportunity for individuals, communities and organizations to speak out, educate and advocate for this vulnerable population.
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