World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) 15 June

What is WEAAD?

œThe day is in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action which recognises the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. Governments, non-governmental organisations, educational institutions, religious groups, professionals in the field of ageing, interested individuals as well as older persons themselves will promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by organising activities around the world to raise awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. (International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse  - INPEA).

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To find out about events planned in your area or to propose an event contact APEA:WA  9479 7566

History of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

An initiative of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on 15 June 2006, to raise awareness of abuse and neglect of older adults, together with the consequences of abuse. 

This initiative was supported by many prominent organisations such as:

  • The World Health Organisation
  • The International Association of Gerontology

Collaboration was promoted between governments, organisations, communities and neighbourhoods on an international scale.  Resources, tools and techniques were developed to assist and encourage individuals or groups to participate in this global event.

 The UN has officially recognised WEAAD as an INTERNATIONAL DAY