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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: What We Have Learned

June 3, 2021 • By

Last Updated: June 4, 2021

elder abuse awarenessWorld Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15 raises awareness of the cultural, social, economic, and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. This is more important than ever as cases of elder abuse have increased significantly during the pandemic. Abuser tactics—isolation, manipulation, and systemic barriers (such as ageism and racism)—put older adults at greater risk for harm.

One common tactic scammers use is to pose as Social Security employees. They may claim the older person’s Social Security number is linked to a crime. Feeling isolated and frightened, the scammers get the older person to provide them money or vital personal information that they then can use to exploit them financially. Social Security offers guidance and reporting assistance to help prevent this form of elder abuse. If you or someone you know is a target of one of these scams, we encourage you to report it on the Social Security’s Office of the Inspector General website.

WEAAD serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities. We can fight the neglect and exploitation of our elder citizens in a number of ways, such as:

  • Rely on credible resources such as the Elder Care Locator (1-800-677-1116) to find help in your area—such as meal delivery, transportation, or credible phone reassurance programs.
  • Call on faith leaders to connect with survivors—as many older adults look to faith as a source of strength, resilience, and connection.

Please join us on June 9, 2021 at noon ET. for a national conversation along with our partners at the Administration for Community Living, Elder Justice Initiative at the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Social Security, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This webinar will highlight prominent elder justice issues and resources to strengthen the elder justice movement as we rebuild from the pandemic. Attendees will learn about tools and tips to enhance their elder abuse outreach and response efforts—and strategies to spark community engagement. Learn more and register today.

When we can see ourselves in a world where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, then we can envision a world where elder abuse no longer exists. This WEAAD we can stand together with this common purpose. Please share this with your friends and family—and post it on social media.

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Julie Schoen, Deputy Director of the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)


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  1. Dorothy Ransom

    All this is happening in SW and Morell Park. Maybe you need a night shift to see what is happening to people because they stand up for the Constitution, not pro slavery. I trust, you are not pro slavery at SSA.

  2. Dorothy Ransom

    Elder abuse? my 67 year old brother has been beaten with a crow bar, I hear, tonight and almost sawed in half -I wish not- by gangs of dee’s because they think that the bible tells them this. The Holy Spirit will never lead you into sin. My disabled, son was beaten in the head as he tries to do a dishwashing job at Uno’s in Columbia, i suspect; jay just comes in and beats on him and no one can do anything to jay, trumps way to presidency again? trump thinks, like the killed prosecutor favor of jay’s. Now science is the problem for a state they are making into slavery. Are you aware of this? My son is not abusive to me; judy makes him be fake angry at me so that she will not have to cut on his genethlia, I wish she would be arrested, but trump says no to hogan.

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  5. Ricardo

    This world day of awareness of our seniors is of paramount importance for our future, a day of pure reflection.

  6. Silvestre

    I believe this date is very important, we have to remember that we will all be old one day. Taking care of our seniors is always a priority and a duty.

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