Organisations are invited to hold events this Friday, June 15, for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
INDIVIDUALS, communities, municipalities and organisations will come together across the globe to hold events this Friday, June 15, for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), with the theme, 'We Can Stop Elder Abuse'.
Elder abuse is an act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust such as a family member or friend.
The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.
WEEAD was officially recognised by the United Nationals General Assembly in December 2011, following a request by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), who first established the commemoration in June 2006.
In many parts of the world, elder abuse occurs with little recognition or response; it is a global social issue which affects the health, wellbeing, independence and human rights of millions of older people around the world and an issue which deserves the attention of all in the community.
"Older people are essential in the fabric of our society," Seniors Rights Manager Jenny Blakey said.
"It's time for us to acknowledge their importance and recognise they are entitled to the respect of their communities and especially their families.
"We welcome you to register your event on the WEAAD website and obtain a toolkit which includes free image downloads to use as holding slide, email banners and social media prompts."
Information, support, advice and education can be provided to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people.
Visit seniorsrights.org.au or contact the free, confidential helpline on 1300 368 821.