World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on 15th June

imageLast year I Had a memorable day, an opportunity to join Walkathon on the Eve of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15th June 2014 at PuspaMa Foundation, Dada Dadi Park, Mumbai, Organized by Silver Innings Helpline, The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) and PushpaMa Foundation.

Around 230 Senior Citizens and 30 youth participated in 20 minutes Walkathon with banners and Placard and tied Purple Security Band to each other.

World over 15th June is marked as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) since 2006. INPEA is an organization, founded in 1997, which is dedicated to the global dissemination of information as part of its commitment to the world-wide prevention of the abuse of older people. The United Nations International Plan of Action adopted by all countries in Madrid, April 2002, clearly recognizes the importance of addressing and preventing abuse and neglect of older adults and puts it in the framework of the Universal Human Rights. INPEA is dedicated to supporting the plan of action.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day month long programme aims to increase society’s ability, through various programmes, to recognize and respond to the mistreatment of older people in whatever setting it occurs, so that the latter years of life will be free from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) at the United Nations, launched the “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day”, on June 15, 2006 and commemorates the day each year by organizing rallies etc. Its purpose is to create awareness and to promote a better understanding of exploitation, abuse and neglect of elders.

Our Community is very well aware of common kinds of abuses specific to our community like dowry harassment, female foeticide, etc.,but little is known about another genre of abuse called the Elder abuse.Throughout the world, abuse and neglect of older adults largely remains under-recognized, or treated as an unspoken problem. No community or country in the world is immune from this social problem.

Abuse and neglect of older adults is a complex and multi-faceted problem. Studies say that most often the abusers are often their own children, other family members such as grandchildren or even spouses. Elder abuse encompasses many different types of harms( Physical, emotional, social, mental, sexual and financial) and can occur in domestic, community or institutional settings. Raising awareness of elder abuse is a challenge. The issue requires complex, multiple and integrated responses from a very wide range of sources at individual, institutional, societal and global level.The first step to recognizing the needs of the elders is in your own home. All it takes are these three simple things-

LISTEN, UNDERSTAND AND SUPPORT

It is up to each and everyone of us to do our part in raising awareness. Elder Abuse has no limits as to who it affects, it could even one day happen to you. Find your own unique voice as you listen to the voices of people who have been touched by the misfortune of elder abuse.

Together, we have the power to prevent elder abuse. My World, Your World, Our World, Free of Elder Abuse !

About our writer:

imageMr T S Venkatakrishnan is a multifaceted personality who is 82 years young. A loving grandpa, he is an inspiration to all around him .

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