June 15th marks the 3rd Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, an event heralded by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. This NGO is affiliated with the UN and committed to increasing public
awareness, education and training of professionals in the
identification and treatment of abuse, advocacy on behalf of abused and
neglected elders, and to stimulate research into this preventable
social and human rights issue. A two-day global conference will be held in Ottawa (Canada) on June 16-17 to focus on learning and understanding about elder abuse and the 1991 UN Principles for Older Persons.
The first Awareness Day in 2006 involved several hundred organisations and governmental bodies at international, national, regional, local, community and neighbourhood levels, in every continent in the world. The day is in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action, which recognizes the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. Governments, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, religious groups, professionals in the field of aging and interested individuals will promote a better understanding of the abuse and neglect of older persons by organizing activities around the world to raise awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.
Visit www.inpea.net to register for the event or download a Resource Toolkit.