World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization. The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older people by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.
As the experts and advocates for the aging population in Northwestern Vermont, the Age Well Helpline and Case Managers are generally the "first responders" to many elder abuse situations. Our staff is trained and works closely with Adult Protective Services to identify and remedy self-neglect and abuse cases. To learn more about the services and resources that are available in Vermont, watch this week's episode of Across the Fence where Joe Nusbaum, Assistant Director for Adult Protective Services (APS) within DAIL’s Division of Licensing and Protection, provided useful information and insight regarding vulnerable adults: https://goo.gl/grFZGd
WEAAD is a call-to-action for society’s individuals, organizations, and communities to educate each other on how to identify, address and prevent abuse so we can all do our part to support everyone as we age. Join us in empowering older people and our communities this WEAAD!
Below are some fact sheets about elder abuse to get you started.
- 12 Things Anyone Can Do to Prevent Elder Abuse (PDF)
- Red Flags of Abuse (PDF)
- Why Should I Care About Elder Abuse? (PDF)
- Protect Yourself from Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation! (PDF)