[Ohio-talk] World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Suzanne Turner smturner.234 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 14 16:42:52 UTC 2017


Good Afternoon All,

Please join and wear purple on tomorrow to promote this issue!!

On June 15, 2017; which is tomorrow is the day to highlight World Elder
Abuse Awareness Day.  

Please in your area, source to find out the telephone number of the hotline
to report Elder Abuse!

However, to report Elder Abuse in Cuyahoga County call, The Cuyahoga Elder
Abuse Hotline at (216) 420-6700.

 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

The United Nations (UN) has designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse
Awareness Day (WEAAD). 
 
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
brings together senior citizens, their caregivers, and governments to combat
the problem of elder abuse.CiStockphoto.com/Melpomenem

The day aims to focus global attention on the problem of physical,
emotional, and financial abuse of elders. It also seeks to understand the
challenges and opportunities presented by an ageing population, and brings
together senior citizens, and their caregivers, national and local
government, academics, and the private sector to exchange ideas about how
best to reduce incidents of violence towards elders, increase reporting of
such abuse, and to develop elder friendly policies.

Background

Currently, the world is undergoing significant demographic changes.
Estimates indicate that by 2050, the global population of people above the
age of 60 will exceed the number of younger people. These changes have led
to a worldwide recognition of the problems and challenges that face the
elderly. Research has shown that elderly abuse, neglect, violence, and
exploitation is one of the biggest issues facing senior citizens around the
world. World Health Organization data suggests that 4 to 6 per cent of
elderly suffer from some form of abuse, a large percentage of which goes
unreported.
The purpose of the WEAAD is to encourage communities to recognize the
problem of elderly abuse, and for countries to create policies that foster
respect for elders and provide them the tools to continue to be productive
citizens.

Observances

The first WEAAD was observed in 2012, and was marked by meetings and
conferences at the UN headquarters in New York.
In addition to the WEAAD, the UN also observes an International Day of Older
Persons on October 1 every year to recognize the contributions of older
persons and to examine issues that affect their lives.


https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/un/elder-abuse-awareness-day




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