Every year, the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is celebrated on 15 June by the United Nations (UN). The day is celebrated to raise awareness about the neglect and abuse of older persons. It also raises awareness of social, cultural, economic and demographic processes that has impacts on elder neglect and abuse. June 15 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

This year the day is marked under the theme of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day are

Theme: Lifting up Voices 2020

Notes

The World Elder Abuse Awareness is being marked every year after the request made by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse along with the World Health Organization (WHO) at the United Nations (USA). This year the world organization has launched a campaign and awareness.

“Safeguard older persons during COVID-19 Pandemic and beyond”.

History

According to the United Nations (UN), the number of persons that are aged above 60 years have grown by 38% between 2019 and 2030. During this time, they have globally outnumbered the youths reaching 1.4 billion in population.

Elder Abuse prevails in both developing and developed nations. The prevalence rates of elder abuse have been estimated only in developed countries.

COVID-19

In the current scenario, though people of all age groups face the risk of COVID-19, the risks of older persons are higher than younger. According to the United Nations, around 66% of old age people are placed under the risk of COVID-19. June 15 World Elder Abuse Awareness Da