World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is marked each year on June 15. This year help Huu-ay-aht mark this important day by wearing a purple shirt or ribbon.
“Like all issues, the first step to begin to put a stop to it is to acknowledge and talk about it,” explains Huu-ay-aht Councillor Sheila Charles. “Elders abuse is becoming a bigger problem and is something that is rarely spoke of. By bringing awareness to this I hope elders are valued, respected, and live free from abuse.”
This is an official United Nations International Day acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.
Since 2006, communities throughout the country and around the world have honoured this day to raise the visibility of elder abuse by organizing events to share information and promote resources and services that can help increase seniors’ safety and well-being. Elder Abuse networks and organizations are planning multiple activities across the country to mobilize community action and engage people in discussions on how to promote dignity and respect of older adults.
Let’s honour this landmark and continue raising public awareness of elder abuse with events across the country! Share your events with us via the form below so we can add them to our list and event map. For more information go to: https://cnpea.ca/en/what-is-elder-abuse/world-elder-abuse-awareness-day