World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is marked each year on June 15th as an official United Nations International Day acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.  According to the Department of Justice Canada, in 2009, seven per cent of seniors have reported some form of emotional or financial abuse and the overall rate of police-reported violence against seniors has increased 20 per cent since 1998. Research indicates that public education campaigns like WEAAD are vital for informing people about this issue.

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