15 June: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

  • 16 Jun 2022

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is observed on June 15 every year to raise awareness about abuse and neglect of older persons and raise awareness of the cultural, social, economic, and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.

  • The theme of this year’s observance is “Combatting Elder Abuse”.
  • This year, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) coincides with two important events:
    • The first is the start of the United Nations Decade of Healthy Ageing (2021-2030).
    • The second is the 20th milestone of the Second World Assembly on Ageing and the fourth review and appraisal of the implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA).
  • MIPAA represents the first time Governments agreed to link questions of ageing to other frameworks for social and economic development and human rights. The 159 Member States who signed onto the MIPAA reaffirmed the commitment to spare no effort to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the right to development.