World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is commemorated each year on 15 June to highlight one of the worst manifestations of ageism and inequality in our society, elder abuse.
Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust such as a family member or friend. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.
WEAAD was officially recognised by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2011, following a request by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), who first established the commemoration in June 2006.
In many parts of the world elder abuse occurs with little recognition or response. It is a global social issue which affects the health, well-being, independence and human rights of millions of older people around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of all in the community.
According to WHO, prevalence rates or estimates exist only in selected developed countries – ranging from 1 to 10 per cent. Although the extent of elder mistreatment is unknown, its social and moral significance is obvious.
Individuals, communities, municipalities and organisations come together across the globe to hold events on 15 June that raise awareness of elder abuse.
Annually, Indigo Shire holds elder abuse awareness sessions across the Shire on June 15. In 2021, due to the uncertainty around gatherings due to COVID restrictions, there were many online events.
You can watch the 2021 Seniors Rights recording on their website, a conversation facilitated by Gerard Mansour, Commissioner for Senior Victorians and Ambassador for Elder Abuse Prevention, with a small discussion panel of seniors and a young person from lively.org.au
Other recoreded events will be uploaded here as they become available.
Seniors Rights Victoria provides information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people. Please visit their website www.seniorsrights.org.au or contact them on their free, confidential Helpline: 1300 368 821.