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Notice to Readers: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2008 --- June 15, 2008

By 2030, nearly one in five persons in the United States (approximately 72 million persons) will be aged >65 years (1). As the number of older adults grows, so does the number of persons who might experience elder abuse or neglect, and associated injuries, social isolation, diminished well being, and increased risks for suicide and premature death.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15, 2008, is a campaign coordinated by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse to raise awareness of elder abuse and neglect worldwide. The theme of this year's campaign is My World… Your World… Our World --- Free of Elder Abuse. In support of this campaign, organizations around the world are hosting events to increase recognition of elder abuse and neglect as public health and human rights issues and raise awareness of the many factors that can lead to or limit abuse. Additional information regarding World Elder Abuse Awareness Day activities is available from the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse at http://www.inpea.net.

Reference

  1. Administration on Aging. Older population by age: 1900 to 2050. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2005. Available at http://www.aoa.gov/prof/statistics/online_stat_data/agepop2050.asp.

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Date last reviewed: 6/11/2008

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