Family gatherings are more commonplace in December, and older adults without families can experience more acute social isolation. Since isolation is both a risk factor for and a consequence of elder abuse, we decided to ask you - our social media followers and colleagues - to commit to speaking with an older adult in December. Our hope was that, by sharing this campaign, we could support older adults and contribute towards the prevention of elder abuse during the 2017 holiday season. More →
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), June 15th, offers an opportunity for advocates around the world to raise their voices in unison to increase awareness about elder abuse and build momentum for elder justice.
Elder abuse affects as many as 1 in 10 older adults. It is a dire epidemic that knows no geographic or socioeconomic boundary, and affects men and women, rich and poor, alike.
This year for WEAAD, the New York City Elder Abuse Center (NYCEAC) will be sharing elder justice resources daily for 16 days, in a campaign called 16 for 2016 – which you can find on Twitter at #16for2016 or on our Facebook page starting on May 31, 2016.
The resources we will be featuring serve to put key information at your fingertips. The resources distributed through this campaign include those published during the last year that our colleagues and our staff selected because they are either highly relevant to practice or focus on a topic that has yet to receive much attention.
Then on WEAAD, June 15th – the final day of our campaign – we will release a special edition of The Field Guide: News and Resources for Elder Justice Professionals, a compendium of our #16for2016 material, links to some of our all-time favorite resources, plus bonus content.
- Engage with us around each resource by participating in conversations with your comments. Perhaps share ways you have found the resources to be useful or how you might use them in the future. Please also provide information on additional resources relating to the campaign topics. We want to know the resources that inspire innovative thinking and inform quality practice.
- Follow #16for2016 to see all of our highlighted resources, check our Facebook page for daily updates, and share our posts on your own Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts.
- Keep the resources we’ve curated for you close at hand. They are sure to be useful to you in your elder justice work.
It is through sharing ideas and collective action that we will prevent elder abuse and effectively respond to it. Working together, we can make a difference.
Learn more about WEAAD and view valuable outreach material on the National Center on Elder Abuse WEAAD page.
Visit the WEAAD microsite on ACL.gov to become a collaborator.
Check out WEAAD events hosted worldwide at the WEADD International Events website created by International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) .
By Risa Breckman, Director, NYCEAC and Talitha Guinn, Social Media Manager, NYCEAC. Graphic design by Nancy Oatts, Elder Justice Advocate.