World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is a campaign that seeks to raise global awareness of the mistreatment of older persons. The initiative aims to engage communities, professionals, and policy-makers to collectively address issues surrounding elder abuse, including neglect and financial exploitation. The day also seeks to promote the understanding of the nature and extent of elder abuse, while highlighting the importance of developing community interventions for prevention and improved response to the issue.
Though WEAAD was established by the United Nations General Assembly and the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse in 2006, the United Kingdom has shown increasing commitment to dealing with the issue at hand. In fact, according to a 2017 study by Age UK, an estimated 1 in 6 older people in the UK experiences some form of elder abuse. As the country's population continues to age, it is crucial for British citizens to engage with WEAAD to better support, protect, and empower the elderly population.
In the United Kingdom, various activities and events are organised to mark the observance of WEAAD. These typically involve government bodies, organisations and community groups hosting workshops, seminars, presentations, and awareness-raising campaigns that focus on the protection of older persons. Public displays of support are also common, with individuals wearing purple ribbons or clothing to symbolise their vigilance against elder abuse. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is observed worldwide on June 15th each year.
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References and related siteseldermistreatment.usc.edu: USC Center on Elder Mistreatment UN: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day www.americashealthrankings.org: Adult Population In The U.S.