Spotlight on Elder Abuse
The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is commemorated each year on 15 June to highlight the often silent suffering of older people. The Day was officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2011.
This is the one day of the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some defenceless older people. As former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said at the Second World Assembly on Ageing in 2002: “We will all grow old one day — if we have that luck.”
In many parts of the world elder abuse occurs with little recognition or response. It is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world.
Even today, elder abuse continues to be a taboo, mostly underestimated and ignored by societies across the world. Evidence is accumulating, however, to indicate that elder abuse is an important public health and societal problem.