👵Today, June 15, we celebrate World Old Age Abuse awareness day.
It is an official date of the UN with the aim of raising awareness and denouncing the mistreatment, abuse and suffering to which many elderly people in different parts of the world are subjected.
✅It is an opportunity to reflect and define effective actions for the protection and promotion of the rights of older persons
❌Rates of abuse may be higher among elderly people living in institutions than among those living in their community
❌Elder abuse can lead to serious physical injuries and prolonged psychological consequences
❌The world’s population of people over 60 will more than double, from 900 million in 2015 to about 2 billion in 2050. This demographic shift has strong sustainable development implications
😞Elder abuse is a social problem that exists in developing and developed countries and is generally underreported worldwide.
💔It can take various forms, such as physical, mental, emotional or sexual abuse, and abuse of trust in economic matters. It can also be the result of negligence, whether intentional or not.
💰Financial exploitation and elder abuse is a frequent and serious problem
👉Ways of defining, detecting and resolving elder abuse have to be framed in the cultural context and considered together with risk factors that have a cultural specificity
😱Even today, elder abuse remains a taboo subject, often underestimated and neglected by societies around the world. However, every day there are more indications that it is a serious public and social health problem.
🌐The social and moral importance of the problem is indisputable. Why it requires a multifaceted global response that focuses on protecting the rights of older persons