Friday, June 15th marks the 7th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). WEAAD promotes activities to increase public awareness of the mistreatment of older adults throughout the world and highlight the need for appropriate action. Millions of older Americans are abused, neglected or exploited each year. For every case of elder abuse that is reported, 23 go unreported. WEAAD offers the opportunity to focus on the problem of elder abuse and supports the United Nations International Plan of Action, which recognizes the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.
White House Symposium on Elder Abuse on June 14th
The U.S. the White House Office of Public Engagement, in collaboration with federal partners, is hosting a day-long symposium on elder abuse in recognition of WEAAD. The symposium takes place at the White House on Thursday, June 14th, 2012 and will be webcast live on the White House website (to watch the proceedings, click here.) This event will feature speakers from the federal government, national banking institutions and leading elder abuse experts.
The four sessions are the following:
9:00a.m. – 9:45a.m. Opening Session
9:45a.m. – 11:30a.m. Panel on Prevention of Financial Exploitation
1:30p.m. – 3:15p.m. Panel on Responses to Financial Exploitation
3:30p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closing Session
Click here to visit the NCEA website and to learn more about things you can do to commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day!