As one of the most rapidly growing public problem, the elderly abuse receives the necessary attention during the World elder abuse day – it happens every year on 15th June. It was officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 66/127,December 2011, following a request by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), who first established the commemoration in June 2006. It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations.
WHO defines elder abuse as “a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person”. Elder abuse can take various forms, including financial, physical, psychological and sexual, and can also be the result of intentional or unintentional neglect.
Elder abuse is a problem that exists in both developing and developed countries yet is typically underreported globally. Prevalence rates or estimates exist only in selected developed countries — ranging from 1% to 10% of older people. The incidence of abuse towards older people is predicted to increase as many countries experience rapidly ageing populations. That`s why the goal of The world elder abuse awareness day is to raise awareness, to inform larger groups of people about the hardness and importance of the problem. Various events are organized around that date, which are related to topics as: recognizing signs of abuse, consequences from elderly maltreatment, which are the relevant actions in case of violence and etc.
Individuals, communities, municipalities and organisations will come together across the globe to hold events on 15 June that raise awareness of elder abuse. Senior Rights Victoria encourages organisations to celebrate the positive contributions of older people in our communities.