Every June 15th since 2006, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is observed across the globe. On this day, many communities take the opportunity to share knowledge for the purpose of increasing awareness of elder abuse and consequently the safety of older adults. Designated by the United Nations, WEAAD recognizes elder abuse as both a public health issue and as a human rights issue.
Elder abuse can be defined as the improper or inappropriate treatment towards older adults, which ultimately causes harm to their well-being and health. Such mistreatment can be physical, emotional financial, or sexual. Although very prevalent, elder abuse can oftentimes be unintentional and therefore overlooked.
That is why it is important to take this time to continue raising awareness by familiarizing yourself with elder abuse and by sharing resources with your loved ones. The Canadian Centre for Elder Law has useful resources to help older adults and their loved ones to help identify, understand, and deal with elder abuse. You can view the Practical Guide to Elder Abuse and Neglect Law in Canada here.
There are also many advocating organizations holding WEAAD events to help raise awareness and help protect the well-being of seniors around the world. The Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) is holding an upcoming event to help prompt action in advocating for seniors’ rights. In addition, the BC Association of Community Response Networks (BCCRN) has an exhaustive list of WEAAD events and activities that you can partake in this week.
How will you be recognizing WEAAD this year? Use the hashtag #WEAAD2022 and share any resources, events or activities on Twitter or Facebook. Be sure to tag us at @GoRoute65!