Older Adults

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 151

"Abuse hurts at any age. Together we can prevent abuse of Older Adults."

In Madrid in April 2002, countries throughout the world adopted the United Nations International Plan of Action on Aging.  The Plan of Action recognized the importance of addressing and preventing abuse and neglect of older adults. It identified that mistreatment of older adults was a violation of internationally recognized human rights.

The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) introduced the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in 2006 to support the Plan of Action on Aging. INPEA, individuals, organizations, governments and businesses throughout the world are working together to promote this important day.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is a time to share information, learn more, discuss the issue of abuse of older adults, and become involved. Many Canadians are using June 15 as an opportunity to recognize local efforts that are being made to raise awareness of abuse of older adults.

 1Bain, P., & Spencer, C. (2009, April). World Elder Abuse Awareness Day [Fact Sheet]. N.p.: Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors in Canada.


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