June 15, 2021 12:30:10 pm
Every year, June 15 is marked as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. As is indicative from the name, it is a day that educates people about the abuses suffered by the elderly population around the world — it could be verbal, physical, or emotional.
The day is said to have come into existence in June 2006 when a request was made to declare June 15 as a special day for elders. But, it was only in 2011 when it was officially recognised by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
The significance in the pandemic
The UN secretary-general António Guterres has said: “The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold fear and suffering for older people across the world. Beyond its immediate health impact, the pandemic is putting older people at greater risk of poverty, discrimination, and isolation. It is likely to have a particularly devastating impact on older people in developing countries.”
It is an understood fact that while people of all age groups contract the Covid infection, it is the elderly population that is more at risk of mortality. According to the UN, an estimated 66 per cent of people aged 70 and over have at least one underlying condition, placing them at increased risk of a severe impact from Covid-19.
Tuesday is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
— United Nations (@UN) June 15, 2021
Additionally, “older persons may also face age discrimination in decisions on medical care, triage, and life-saving therapies. Global inequalities mean that, already pre-Covid-19, as many as half of older persons in some developing countries did not have access to essential health services. The pandemic may also lead to a scaling back of critical services unrelated to Covid-19, further increasing risks to the lives of older persons,” the UN states.
The theme for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is ‘Access to Justice’. In a video message to launch a policy brief on older persons, Guterres had said, “No person, young or old, is expendable. Older people have the same rights to life and health as everyone else. Difficult decisions around life-saving medical care must respect the human rights and dignity of all.”
Check out some of the most important tweets honouring the day:
Tonight Melb Town Hall is lit purple in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (#WEAAD) when we commit anew to uphold the rights & dignity of older people & to end #elderabuse. https://t.co/Lg5sn4OxPZ pic.twitter.com/7ZUJE0e2vg
— Olivia Ball (@DrOliviaBall) June 15, 2021
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day today is an occasion to strengthen our resolve to ensure elderly people face no abuse in society. Let’s provide good living conditions to the older generation and enable them to make valuable contributions to families & society at large.
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) June 15, 2021
Rates of elder abuse – a global issue affecting millions of older people worldwide – have increased during the pandemic.
On Tuesday’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, I urge increased prevention & response measures to protect and uphold the health & human rights of older people.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) June 15, 2021
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is tomorrow. Visit https://t.co/Z7WTWlORrf to learn how scammers deceive older people and how to protect your loved ones from falling victim to elder scams. #StopElderAbuse pic.twitter.com/jJmWOlJlul
— FBI El Paso (@FBIElPaso) June 14, 2021
Purple is the official colour of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Wear something purple on June 15th to honour survivors of elder abuse and raise awareness. #WEAAD #NewWest https://t.co/0W35fM9Wr1, https://t.co/2H9m9BqIx4 pic.twitter.com/Wnwfwv2v2B
— New Westminster Police Department (@NewWestPD) June 14, 2021
On #WorldElderAbuseAwarenessDay, reaffirm our commitment to eliminate all kinds of discrimination against older people and ensure them all the love & care for an inclusive society. pic.twitter.com/TVqoI9HCuQ
Their experiences are our lessons, and their wisdom is our blessings. Keep your blessed ones with care as they keep you in the past. Let’s address the Elder Abuse on this #WorldElderAbuseAwarenessDay pic.twitter.com/LiTREz7Bp3
— Anubhav Mohanty (@AnubhavMohanty_) June 15, 2021
— Telangana State Police (@TelanganaCOPs) June 15, 2021
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