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June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Please see the information below from the Administration on Community Living:

Every year on June 15, communities around the world join together to raise awareness of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is an opportunity to renew our commitment to preserving the rights of older adults – including the basic human right to live with dignity, free from abuse and neglect.

As we confront the COVID-19 virus, and the physical distancing measures necessary to slow its spread, we know that social isolation increases older adults’ risk of experiencing abuse, neglect, and exploitation. We also know fraudsters are taking advantage of this crisis with new scams. This makes WEAAD’s vision of “stronger supports for older adults” more important than ever before.

We hope you will join us in commemorating WEAAD, perhaps in new and creative ways. ACL, the National Center on Elder Abuse, and our federal partners have developed a WEAAD toolkit that includes fact sheets, sample articles and proclamations, graphics, sample social media content, and more to help you get involved.