World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is launched by the International Network for the prevention of elder abuse. Elder abuse is a global issue which affects both the rights and health of the older age group persons around the world. It is an issue that needs to be given attention and abuse in any form should be opposed, controlled and reported. June 15 is designated as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. As per 2017 UN reports, one out of every six persons were victims of the abuse. It exists in both developing and developed countries but the reporting is comparatively low when compared to other kinds of abuse.
As per United Nations reports, the senior age group of 60 years and above may increase by 38 percent from 1 billion to 1.4 billion from 2019 to 2030. There is a need for higher levels of attention towards the abuse going around the globe. Along with higher risk of coronavirus the mistreatment of elders has seen a rise during the lockdown periods in different countries, the reasons are many. Although the risk of Covid-19 is higher among all the age groups, it is comparatively higher among older persons.
UN Secretary, General Antonio Guterres 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.
The need of safeguarding our elders is more during this situation and creating awareness regarding their being should be given equally important.
Inputs from Praveena Mandapati