Australia has an ageing population and this number is predicted to rise to 23% of the population by 2055. Recent research has shown that approximately one in six older Australians reported experiencing elder abuse in a given year.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is commemorated each year on 15 June to highlight one of the worst manifestations of ageism and inequality in our society, elder abuse.
Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust such as a family member or friend. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.
In many parts of the world elder abuse occurs with little recognition or response. It is a global social issue that affects the health, well-being, independence and human rights of millions of older people around the world, and an issue that deserves the attention of all in the community.
Together let’s raise awareness and bring an end to this, and all, forms of abuse.