World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched in 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. This event is held every year on June 15th. It is estimated that 5 million older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited every year. In addition, elders throughout the United States lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse.You can help to raise awareness about elder abuse by sharing this information with friends and family.
What else can you do to help?
- volunteer with your local Meals on Wheels program - in Pasco County, contact the Pasco County Elderly Nutrition Department
- become a long-term care ombudsman - in Pasco County contact the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas (727) 570-9696) to learn more about volunteering to help the elderly.
- if you know a caregiver - offer to help them, so they can take a few hours break.
- learn about the 12 things that anyone can do to prevent elder abuse by clicking here.