Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
The UN awareness-raising day is held annually on June 15th and represents one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generation.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day seeks to prevent elder abuse incidents by giving targeted information and encouraging community participation on an international scale.
The global population of people aged 60 years and older will more than double, from 542 million in 1995 to about 1.2 billion in 2025.
Up to 6% of elderly people have experienced some form of maltreatment at home. Elder maltreatment can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences. The incidence of abuse towards older people is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations.
Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.
The day is about all of us working together to bring greater recognition of the mistreatment of older people wherever they live, and to highlight the need for appropriate action.
To celebrate the day people are asked to wear something purple, a colour recognised for dignity, respect and royalty. The same way we should treat our elders. Show the world you care about ending adult abuse, neglect and exploitation. Then tweet using #WEAAD.