World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Categories: Seniors

Every year an estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Experts believe that for every reported case of elder abuse or neglect, as many as 23.5 cases go unreported. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), observed on June 15th, is an opportunity to take action to protect seniors by raising awareness about elder abuse.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world 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.

Family Matters of Greater Washington is proud to a leader in the field of geriatric senior services. We provide a home away from home for hundreds of senior who visit us daily for congregate meals and socialization with their peers.

Many victims of elder abuse are reluctant to report abuse because they may feel ashamed and embarrassed. Family Matters is always here to help.

Learn more about World Elder Abuse here.