Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It is a day designed to speak out against the abuse and suffering inflicted on some of our older generations.
Virtually all countries are expected to see substantial growth in the number of older persons between 2015 and 2030, and that growth will be faster in developing regions. Because the numbers of older persons are growing, the amount of elder abuse can be expected to grow with it. While the taboo topic of elder abuse has started to gain visibility across the world, it remains one of the least investigated types of violence in national surveys, and one of the least addressed in national action plans.
Elder abuse is a global social issue which 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.
The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 66/127, designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. 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.
If you have been injured at the hands of someone in a negligent or abusive medical facility, seek legal help immediately to see if you are entitled to compensation.
To find adult protective services in your community, utilize the National Elder Care Locator at www.eldercare.gov or call 1-800-677-1116.