Each year, an estimated 5 million older adults are abused, neglected, or exploited. Elder Abuse occurs in every demographic and can happen to anyone—a family member, a neighbor, even you. It is estimated that only one in five of these crimes are discovered.
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 at the United Nations (UN). WEAAD aims to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic, and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.
“In preparation of WEAAD our agency is planning the 1st Regional Elder Abuse Awareness Walk on Friday, June 14, 2019 at the Pembroke Recreation Complex scheduled for 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. to include all 5 counties we serve; Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson, and Scotland counties. We are very excited about this event and being able to partner with other agencies addressing elder abuse issues,” said Elaine Brown, BSW, Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Lumber River Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging.
To offset the cost of the event and make it a success, Lumber River Council of Governments is currently seeking sponsorships and vendors from various organizations and individuals. Below is the registration flyer.