Walk to End Elder Abuse

Waynesville Rec Center - Outside track
Vance Street, Waynesville
Kim Gardner
Jun 07, 2014
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Haywood Senior Resource Center is commemorating World Elder Abuse Day by hosting a Walk to End Elder Abuse at the Waynesville Rec Center on Saturday, June 7. This year’s theme is "Elders Matter: Support Elder Abuse Awareness."

Did you know that every day 10,000 people turn 65 in the US alone?  That trend is going to continue for nearly the next 20 years. Our demographics are shifting, and we will soon have more elder people in the US than ever before. At the same time that the population is growing, we know that a startling number of elders face abusive conditions. Every year an estimated 5 million, or 1 in 10, older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation. And that’s only part of the picture: 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) on June 15, 2006 in an effort to unite communities around the world in raising awareness about elder abuse. WEAAD is in support of the UN’s International Plan of Action acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.