By By Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging, Administration for Community Living, Health and Human Services
May 10, 2016
As I write this, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15) is a month away. For many of us, a month passes by in the blink of an eye. I feel like I just put away the holiday decorations and here we are in mid-May. The bad news is that time flies. But, the good news is that you’re the pilot. For all of us, WEAAD presents a unique and compelling opportunity to show the world how much we care about elder abuse. I hope you won’t let that opportunity pass by without taking some of your precious time to give it attention and action!
All over the country, individuals, communities and states are hosting events for WEAAD. There are many ways, big and small, to acknowledge the day:
If any other public health issue affected 1 in 10 older Americans and was responsible for 300% mortality rate, I’m confident that we’d have an entire month dedicated to it. That’s why WEAAD is so important: we must continue to raise awareness and educate the public, professionals, policy makers, and the press about elder abuse. As time moves on, I know that our collective efforts will turn World Day into World Month and give elder abuse the attention it deserves. Thank you for taking the time to participate in #WEAAD2016!
P.S. Join ACL for a webinar on “Getting the Word Out: Creating Compelling Communications for WEAAD” on Wednesday, May 11, 2:00 PM (Eastern). Learn about working with the press, how to use social media, and what the research says about effective messages about elder abuse. No registration required just join at the time of the webinar.