World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

15 June 2011 - Today marks the 6th World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) with activities and events taking place across the globe. The day, which was launched in 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), aims to raise awareness about the evils of elder abuse and celebrate the resilience and contribution of seniors.

INPEA, in collaboration with the UK's Action on Elder Abuse explains that 'elder abuse is a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.' Elder abuse can occur in a number of forms, including mental or physical abuse and neglect. WEAAD is just part of INPEA's efforts to  prevent elder abuse by 'developing a global culture that fosters intergenerational solidarity.'

As part of WEAAD, the 6th annual INPEA International Commemoration of WEAAD will take place on Friday 17 June in London, UK. This event is a full day forum, covering a vast array of topics, such as preventing financial abuse, abuse detection and developments towards a UN convention on the rights of older people.

The National Council for Aging Care in Australia also has an online guide to recognizing elder abuse, including information on knowing your rights and legal support.