Every year an estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation; and experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as 23 cases go unreported. It is a complex issue that must be addressed by uniting together to raise awareness and seek solutions.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15 – is 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. Individuals and organizations across our nation, states, and local communities take a stand and raise public awareness about elder abuse. Let your voice speak out against ageism, combat isolation, and bolster education efforts one person and community at a time.
“The distressing crime of elder abuse often occurs in quiet, private settings, making a vocal, public response that much more important. Let us strengthen our resolve to end this problem as part of our broader efforts to create a life of dignity for all.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon