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Ottawa, June 15 (Canadian-Media): June 15 was designated by United Nations General Assembly as a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), media reports said.
Elder abuse, a global social issue 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.
WEAAD is observed all over the world and represents the day in the year when the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations is opposed world wide.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Image credit: Facebook page
According to official reports all the countries world wide would experience growth in the aging population between 2015 and 2013 and this growth would be mainly concentrated in the developing countries.
During the past year,it was estimated that 1 in 6 older people (141 million people) experienced some form of abuse in the community which would mean that victims of elderly abuse by 2015 would grow approximately to 320 million provided the proportion of elder abuse victims remains constant.
But although the topic of elderly abuse had started to seek attention world wide but reports indicate it is one of the least addressed in the national action plans.
Elder issue affects both the health and human rights of the millions across the globe and deserves more attention.
Around 1 in 6 older people (141 million people) experienced some form of abuse in the community during the past year.
If the proportion of elder abuse victims remains constant, the number of people affected in their communities will increase rapidly due to population ageing, growing to 320 million victims by 2050.
There are WEAAD networks nationally as well as internationally. Several ideas are generated by by joining these networks and can facilitate in the improvement of the physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing of the ageing population in the globe.
To observe this memorable day we should learn to identify the sympomns of abuse; If you suspect something, say something; spread the word of awareness of this global burning topic through social media;
The importance of awareness of this day is because older people may not be able to advocate for themselves; seniors deserve our respect and attention; and it is a reminder for us to look out for each other.