In 2012 the United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 66/127, designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations.
Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.
The global population of people aged 60 years and older will more than double, from 542 million in 1995 to about 1.2 billion in 2025. Around 4 to 6% of elderly people have experienced some form of maltreatment at home. Elder maltreatment can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences. The incidence of abuse towards older people is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations.
On this Day, I call upon Member States and civil society to strengthen their resolve and redouble their efforts to eliminate all forms of violence and abuse against older people.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations and communities to raise awareness about abuse, neglect and exploitation of elders. Marin County will be celebrating the day by hosting a free “Building Strong Supports for Elders in Marin” event for local residents.
Building Strong Supports for Elders in Marin
Thursday June 15, 2017
8:00am to 12:30pm
Congregation Rodef Shalom Social Hall
170 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael CA
Registration is free and breakfast is included.
RSVP by May 31 by calling 415-473-2702 or email firstname.lastname@example.org