World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is annually observed day on 15th June. The day aims to draw attention to the impact of elder abuse. It also highlights how the abuse is perpetuated and what can be done to combat it.
For those who are unaware, elder abuse is defined by the United Nations as “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person”. It is often carried out by people close to the person, such as their family members or caretakers.
Elder abuse can be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual in nature. It also includes mistreatment and neglect. According to World Health Organization (WHO), nearly one in six people over the age of 60 suffer from abuse; meaning nearly 141 million people globally are affected.
In Africa especially in Nigeria we respect elders, and caring for the age is a cultural inclination.
We at Visions for Nigeria Foundation stand with the elderly and spread against every form of abuse on the elderly and aged ones in the society.