World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - 15 June 2010

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) happens each year on 15 June. It was established by the United Nations, following representations by our international partners INPEA (the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse). Action on Elder Abuse are the coordinators within the UK and they provide help, support and guidance for individuals and organisations wishing to take part.

It is about people working together to bring greater recognition of the mistreatment of older adults wherever they live throughout the world and to highlight the need for appropriate action. It is intended to give abuse and neglect of older adults a global relevance that will sustain and move prevention efforts forward throughout the whole year and years to come.

Each year individuals and organisations come together to raise awareness of elder abuse and to fundraise for Action on Elder Abuse. It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering that is inflicted on some of our older generations. And the UK always plays its part in voicing that opposition. Please contact for information or call 0208 835 9280

Or you can help by doing an event for the day - see link below.

Other news from Action on Elder Abuse

Free copy of Action Points:

Follow the link below to download a copy of AEA's latest Action Points magazine. This is normally available exclusively to AEA members and covers a wide range of adult protection topics which are of general interest to people working with older people and other adults who might be at risk of abuse:

Topics in this month's edition include:

  • Dignified care in hospitals
  • Preventing abuse and neglect in institutional care for older people
  • Dementia and the prescription of anti-psychotic drugs
  • CQC and the new standards of care
  • Alzheimer's in India
  • The No Secrets Review

Membership of AEA:

Although the primary focus of Action on Elder Abuse relates to the experiences of older people, our work and services improve the overall safeguarding agenda. If you would like to become a member of AEA please download a membership application form here:

Shared learning:

Our recent National Conference in Warwick suggested that there were a range of topics that need attention, either at future conferences or through seminars, and these included financial abuse, hate crime, working with the police, role of the Office of the Public Guardian, restraint, risk assessment, and the challenges of the ISA.

Are there learning topics that you need addressed that are not part of this list?

Are there examples of good practice that you would like to share with others?

Email at with your thoughts.