World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) (www.inpea.net) and the World Health Organization at the United Nations initiated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15, 2006 to “promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.” WEAAD is in support of the UN International Plan of Action which acknowledges elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. WEAAD serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. (www.aoa.gov)

The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) is directed by the federal government’s Administration on Aging and serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment (www.ncea.aoa.gov). In Phoenix, the Maricopa Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance (MEAPA) promotes public awareness, education, and community outreach for the prevention of Elder Abuse and Late-Life Domestic Violence through the local Area Agency on Aging (www.aaaphx.org/MEAPA). Life care planning law firms work in concert with agencies such as these to promote the well being of seniors through legal services, advocacy and care coordination.

Go to the “Join Us in the Fight Against Elder Abuse” section of the NCEA website for more information and activity ideas for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

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