June 15, 2009 was the annual World Elder Abuse Day. The National Center on Elder Abuse, which we have discussed in prior posts, and other state and local agencies, are using the day to shed light on the societal problem of elder abuse. In attempt to do so, the NCEA has launched a “Join Us in the Fight Against Elder Abuse” campaign touted as “the first national effort to raise awareness of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.”
Events are also to be scheduled throughout the world to increase the overall awareness of the population to the disturbing elder abuse trend. Individuals are asked to wear something purple to demonstrate a commitment to ending elder abuse and neglect.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Huliq News, June 16, 2009.