'Walk to End Elder Abuse' June 7

Jun 03, 2014

The Haywood Senior Resource Center is commemorating World Elder Abuse Day by hosting a Walk to End Elder Abuse from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 7, at the Waynesville Recreation Center.

This year’s theme is "Elders Matter: Support Elder Abuse Awareness."

Every day 10,000 people turn 65 in the U.S. alone. That trend is going to continue for nearly the next 20 years. The demographics are shifting, and soon there will be more elder people in the U.S. than ever before.

As the elder population grows, a startling number of elders face abusive conditions. Every year, an estimated 5 million, or one in 10, older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation. Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as 23.5 cases go unreported.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day serves as a global call-to-action for individuals, organizations and communities to raise awareness about abuse, neglect and exploitation of elders.

The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations (UN) launched the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) June 15, 2006, in an effort to unite communities around the world in raising awareness about elder abuse.

Call 356-2816 for information.