World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is celebrated every year on June 15th.  Himalai IAS Coaching Centre in Bangalore spread awareness about social responsibilities current events for the civil service exams like IAS exams, KAS exams, IES exams, and other competitive exams.

Addressing Elder Abuse

If an older person causes harm or distress due to the inappropriate action a single or repeated time within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which affects the health and Human Rights of millions of older people across the world.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day History

  • The UN General Assembly in its resolution 66/127, December 2011, following a request put forwarded by the International Network for the prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), it established the commemoration in June 2006 and designated the day of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15.
  • According to the International Network for the  Prevention of Elder Abuse, to show the world you care ending elder abuse and neglect wear a purple colour dress.
  • World Elder Abuse Day 2020 represents the day whole world raising voice against abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations.
  • Most of the problem is considered a private matter and only get little recognition and response. In many countries, the elder abuse underreported prevalence rates are ranging from 1% to 10%.
  • In order to protect the rights of the older persons, it is necessary to put an eye towards the elder abuse problems which are increasing day by day globally and significance of celebrating the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day elevates.
  • About 15.7% of people aged 60 years and older subjected to some form of abuse.
  • US$5.3 billion each year in medical costs from violent injuries to older people in the United States
  • Recent research based on elder abuse shows that there is a common and serious problem i.e., financial abuse. About 5 to 10% of older people are experiencing financial abuse, but such abuses go unnoticed partly because of shame and embarrassment on the part of victims or due to inability to report it because of health issues or some other reasons like that.
  • As per the research on the Elder Abuse Awareness Month, the psychological abuse rate is more than any other abuse about 11.6%. Then financial abuse 6.8%, neglect 4.2%, physical abuse 2.6%, sexual abuse 0.9%.

Elder Abuse will continue to happen globally unless primary health care centres and social service sectors are well equipped to deal with the problems. As the numbers of older persons are increasing, abusing of the elder person is growing on increasing. There will be around 320 million victims by 2050.  Here there comes the importance of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2020 making aware of the public about the elder abuse.

Types of Abuses considered in National Abuse Awareness Day

  • Physical abuse – Kicking, Hitting, Pushing, Inappropriate use of drugs or restraints
  • Psychological or emotional abuse – Humiliation, Controlling behaviour, Insults, threats, confinement and isolation.
  •  Sexual abuse -Without consent sexual contact
  • Financial exploitation -Stealing or misusing older people’s assets
  • Neglect or abandonment – Housing, Not providing food, or medical care.

Elder Abuse is preventable

On World Elder Abuse Day2020  we should look deep into elder abuse problems and should take preventive measures like,

  • Public: Watch for signs of elder abuse
  • Older people: staying connected with family and friends, making sure their financial and legal affairs are in order.
  • Family and informal caregivers: lower their risk of committing abuse by getting help from family or friends, by getting support from local health and social services.
  • Health sector: Raise awareness within the health sector and other sectors about the health and social burden of elder abuse; recognize elder abuse as a public health problem
  • Establish a focal point to address elder abuse, develop and test evidence-based interventions to prevent elder abuse.
  • Provide services to victims of elder abuse; collaborate with other sectors to address elder abuse, such as criminal justice, health, and social services.