In 2014, 750 stakeholders and subject matter experts from around the country created The Elder Justice Roadmap, a national strategic resource that identifies the elder justice field’s most urgent needs in addressing the social issue of elder abuse. Shortly after the Roadmap’s publication, an Elder Justice Roadmap Steering Committee was created to develop and manage strategic partnerships, promote awareness and action, and encourage new programs that respond to the Roadmap’s priorities.
WEAAD Virtual Art Gallery
This World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), the Committee is promoting the Roadmap’s priority of Education in The Road to Elder Justice – WEAAD Virtual Art Gallery. This virtual art gallery invites people to create and submit art that provides an artistic representation of the aging process with one or all of the following themes: equality and justice, respect, empowerment, connections, engagement, community, and happiness. This gallery not only celebrates the Roadmap’s progress, but it also promotes public awareness of how building supportive communities as we age and combatting ageism (cultural biases against aging) can be a tool in preventing and addressing elder abuse. Participation in the gallery is closed and will reconvene next summer 2019.
This project is sponsored by the Elder Justice Roadmap Steering Committee. The Steering Committee organizations involved in the The Road to Elder Justice - WEAAD Virtual Art Gallery project include:
The Elder Justice Roadmap's 121 action recommendations include something for everyone interested in combatting elder abuse. Please review the report and find one (or more) in education, direct services, policy, or research to which you or your organization or community can commit. "Everyone can make a difference." Let us know what difference you made. Contact us at EAroadmap@gmail.com
We are sincerely appreciative to Judith D. Tamkin for her gift to help establish the USC Center on Elder Mistreatment’s website. Her deep and personal commitment to eradicating elder abuse is helping to reshape our understanding of elder abuse and ultimately save innumerable older adults from abuse and neglect.