Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Awareness

Awareness (Photo credit: Emilie Ogez)

Are you involved in the life of senior adults? Are you in a helping profession that works with seniors? Do you have seniors in your family? Are you a senior yourself?

If you care about seniors, here’s a question for you: What did you do to observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day last month?

Since 2006, every June 15 has been designated as a day to focus on the proper treatment of our elder citizens. Goals of the observance are to:

  • Empower elders to exercise their rights and advocate on their own behalf.
  • Raise awareness of elder abuse.
  • Educate professionals and the public to respect seniors.
  • Educate people to recognize and report abuse.

If you were not aware of Elder Abuse Awareness Day, but if you care about seniors and want to do your part to make sure elders are getting the respect and fair treatment they deserve, then you are now informed. You have more than 10 months left to prepare for next year’s Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2014.

Organizers suggest spending the day visiting on older neighbor who lives alone, volunteering for a program that benefits seniors or organizing a fundraiser to support a local abuse prevention program.

More information is available at this link: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The annual awareness observance was launched by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization.

Will you do me a favor? If you have found your way to this blog post, and if this post prompts you to do something to help a senior or to promote the cause of seniors, will you please tell us about it in the reply field of this blog post?

Thanks!