The 8th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is this Saturday, June 15 2013. The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) established WEAAD to raise awareness about elder abuse around the world and foster collaboration among agencies, organizations and communities to prevent elder abuse. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to wear purple and host activities and share information to raise awareness about elder abuse.
There are many activities this year related to elder abuse prevention, including Resident Rights Month (October), with the theme of “Speak Out Against Elder Abuse.” To join the efforts of The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, individuals and groups can educate the public about elder abuse for WEAAD by highlighting Residents’ Rights Month and encouraging residents to submit an entry for the 2013 Resident’s Voice Challenge.
The National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC) has many resources regarding abuse, neglect and exploitation in long-term care are available on the NORC – click here to visit the NORC website.
An exciting event will take place this Friday (June 14th from 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm CT) at the United Nations to recognize WEAAD. You can watch the event live from anywhere in the country through streaming video online by clicking here.
For recent media articles raising awareness about elder abuse, check out the following examples:
- Pioneer Press: How to spot – and stop – abuse of the elderly is focus of statewide campaign.
- Monticello Times: Officials: Awareness of, data on senior abuse is needed.
- CBS News Minnesota: MN’s Most Rapidly Growing Crime Might Surprise You.
- Star Tribune: Minnesota campaign raises alarm on toll of elder abuse.
When your loved one has suffered neglect or abuse by those entrusted to care for them because the nursing home or other care facility failed to protect your loved one, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.