At the NCEA we witnessed a tremendous showing of support for WEAAD 2018. We were so proud to promote a wide variety of commemorative events across the globe. We heard from people of all ages pledging their support, conducting presentations, encouraging others to wear purple shirts or pins, hosting luncheons, and so many creative activities. We even accomplished our goal of turning the map of the United States purple!
Worldwide, there were over 300 events including 13 countries participating: Dominica, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Nepal, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand. Every state in the US had at least one event. Wisconsin submitted the most events this year followed by California in 2nd and Delaware and Florida tied for 3rd. Our grattitude goes out to the 260 organizations who submitted their events. They are a powerful reminder that Elder Abuse is a global problem and we’re all working around the world to raise awareness.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The purpose of WEAAD is 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.