1. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was established by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) in 2006 and was ratified by the United Nations in 2011. The day, held annually on 15th June, serves as a call to action to individuals, organisations and communities to raise awareness of abuse, neglect and exploitation of older people.

Elder abuse can occur in many forms and may be the result of deliberate intent, negligence or ignorance. Types of elder mistreatment include:

i) Physical; ii) Psychological; iii) Financial; iv) Sexual; v) Neglect; vi) Discrimination and vii) Institutional abuse.

A wide range of people may abuse older people, including relatives and family members, professional staff, care workers, volunteers and neighbours. Elder abuse can occur in any context e.g. at home, residential day-care settings, and other places assumed to be safe as in public places.

Cosc participates in the recently established Intersectoral Safeguarding Committee. This committee is comprised of a wide range of state and non-state stakeholders and its task is to promote a culture which promotes the welfare of vulnerable adults.

If you are concerned about elder abuse, or you may suspect someone you know may be the victim of elder abuse you should contact the HSE elder abuse helpline on 1850 24 1850.

If you would like to know more about elder abuse you can access information using the following link: HSE- Elder Abuse