The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) was founded in 1997 and is dedicated to global dissemination of information as part of its commitment to world-wide prevention of elder abuse. The United Nations International Plan of Action adopted by all countries in Madrid, April 2002, clearly recognizes the importance of elder abuse and puts it in the framework of Universal Human Rights. #INPEA is dedicated to supporting the plan of action. As part of INPEA's research agenda on 15th June 2006 we launched a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) in partnership and collaboration with interested individuals, agencies, organizations, NGO's, governments and corporation.
Some of those who had offered support in 2006 are : the International Association of Gerontology (IAG), The World Health Organization ( #WHO ), The International Federation of Aging ( #IFA ), Help Age International, Pan American Health Organization(PAHO), the Subcommittee on Elder Abuse of the UN NGO Committee on Ageing, International Longevity Center (ILC – USA), American Association of Retired Persons ( #AARP ), Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse ( #CNPEA ) and the Ontario Seniors Secretariat/Government of Ontario.
#WEAAD is marked each year on June 15 as an official #UnitedNations International Day acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. Since 2006, communities throughout the country and around the world have used this day to raise the visibility of elder abuse, by sharing information about abuse and neglect and promoting resources and services that can help increase seniors’ safety and well-being.
#INPEA and Elder Abuse networks and organizations across globe are planning multiple WEAAD activities across the countries to mobilize community action and engage people in discussions on how to promote dignity and respect of older adults.
The key objective of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is to raise awareness of elder abuse (which encompasses neglect and mal- or mistreatment) throughout the world.
Join the Movement – Get Involved!
We encourage everyone to get involved and to raise awareness about World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. A wide variety of events and activities can be planned by organizations and individuals alike. Here are a few examples of what you can do:
A public awareness event geared toward seniors
A High Tea
A purple dinner
A flash mob event
A conference or training, focused on elder abuse awareness and available community resources.
A public awareness activity that includes politicians, seniors, local programs, survivors of abuse, and others
Send out a press release, hold a press conference, or submit an editorial to discuss elder abuse awareness and prevention efforts.
Develop a PSA on elder abuse with a local TV or radio station.
Ask local leaders, the Mayor, MP, MPP to release a Proclamation declaring June 15 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Create a poster on elder abuse or use a poster created by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.
Harness the power of social media to raise WEAAD’s profile and broadcast news of various events
Yourself and others about elder abuse
Use graphics on your website, blog, or in your email signature block, to draw awareness to elder abuse and prevention efforts
Random acts of kindness
Tweet and Post your Events with HASTAG #WEAAD2015 #INPEA #EldersMatter @
# WEAAD2015 Global Team
Posted by Sailesh Mishra
Social Media Coordinator INPEA
Founder President, #SilverInnings #SilverInningsHelpline