Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments is asking the public to participate in a call to action against the abuse of older adults by wearing purple on Friday.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day asks people, organizations and communities to …
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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day asks people, organizations and communities to raise awareness about elder abuse, according to a news release from the council. The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations launched the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2006, in a "global effort to unite communities in raising awareness about elder abuse and the impact this has on the quality of life of our most vulnerable citizens."
"Elder abuse is vastly under-reported, but the World Health Organization estimates that up to 10 percent of older people worldwide are affected," the release states.
Elder abuse is any act that causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone he or she knows and trusts, such as a family member or friend. The abuse may be physical, verbal, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.
"It reflects the inequality arising from ageism that is common in our society today," the release states. "We all have a vital role to play in creating a peaceful, supportive and just society.
"June 15 is the day to set aside for elder abuse awareness, but we must continue to focus on elder abuse throughout the year."
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