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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Jun 16, 2022

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was on June 15 and the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) released several new ways to learn and promote this special day.

What Is WEAAD?

WEAAD is held annually on June 15 and is an opportunity to recognize the more than one million Americans age 65 or older who have suffered abuse. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, it is estimated that for every one case of reported elder abuse, neglect, exploitation, or self-neglect, about five more incidents go unreported.

Watch New Videos

NIEJI recorded two new video interviews with Dr. Jacque Gray, director of NIEJI, and Cynthia LaCounte, director of the Office for American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian Programs with the Administration for Community Living. In the video titled, Getting to Know a Native Elder, LaCounte remembers her time growing up in Montana, things she learned from Elders, what she appreciates about getting older, and shares advice.

The second video, A Discussion of Elder Abuse for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, LaCounte and Gray talk about elder abuse in Indian Country.

Featured Resource

NIEJI developed a Bingo card to help people learn about what elder abuse is, and resources to help protect Elders or report abuse. Bingo cards can be printed off and worked on individually or with others. NIEJI encourages people to share their cards with family and friends in person or over social media.

Help Promote

Want to promote WEAAD all month long? Why not add a new Zoom background to your Zoom calls!