Today is the 6th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). This day was created in 2006 to raise awareness of the abuse and neglect of elders – largely unrecognized or spoken about – throughout the world.
A recent study conducted by Harmony on The State of Adult and Elder Abuse in the United States revealed that vulnerable adults and the elderly are facing increasing threats to their physical and financial well-being as the number of reported cases rise.
According to the study, there was a 78 percent increase in reported elder abuse cases in 2010 due to a number of factors, including the increase of the aging population and better awareness of elder abuse. On the whole, it is estimated that more than 500,000 incidents of abuse occur every year while only a small percentage are ever reported.
According to The International Network for the Prevention for Elder Abuse, research shows that public education campaigns like WEAAD are vital for informing people in a growing number of countries about elder abuse.
Raising awareness of elder abuse and neglect is a challenge and no effort is too small. We are very happy to see so many of our customers recognizing this day by educating others about the fight against elder abuse in their regions to help others understand what can be done to prevent abuse and to protect vulnerable adults and the elderly.
More information about the “State of Adult and Elder Abuse in the United States” is available here.