World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is recognized by the United Nations General Assembly on June 15 to raise awareness for the violation of older people’s rights, an often underestimated and ignored issue around the world. Despite being grossly under reported, elder abuse is growing in recognition as a serious societal concern.

The World Health Organization defines elder abuse as “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.” It can take many forms, including physical, emotional or financial harm, and may not be intentional. The issue is closely tied to ageism, an underlying prejudice against older people leading to discrimination and neglect.

On WEAAD, we address societal prejudices, learn to recognize the signs of elder abuse, and share ideas to support its prevention.

Learn more about WEAAD from the United Nations.