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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Event Sponsored by Area Agency on Aging, Region One and Maricopa Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance (MEAPA®) Phoenix, AZ (June 4, 2012) - Mark your calendars! The Maricopa Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance (MEAPA®) announces the 7th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15, 2012. Show the world you care about ending abuse and neglect by wearing something purple on this day.
Join us as our community makes a proclamation declaring June 15, 2012 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) and holds a half-day event to raise awareness of elder abuse. The first Awareness Day in 2006 involved organizations and government offices worldwide. The day recognizes the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. Area Agency on Aging, Region One, governmental organization, educational institutions, religious groups, professionals in the field of aging, as well as older persons themselves will promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons in Maricopa County. The goal is to raise awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.
Throughout the world, abuse and neglect of older persons is largely under-recognized or treated as an unspoken problem. Unfortunately, no community or state is immune from this costly, public health and human rights crisis. Research indicates that public education campaigns like World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) are vital for informing people about elder abuse and active involvement of the media is central to its success.
All communities, neighborhoods and organizations interested in working to help bring recognition and ultimately an end to elder abuse and neglect are urged to take part in the 7th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15, 2012. Event will take place at the Boys Scouts of America located at 2969 North Greenfield Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016 from 8:30am-12:30pm. Raising awareness of elder abuse and neglect is a challenge and no effort is too small.