June 15: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Updated: Jun 15, 2020
June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
According to the United Nations, as of 2017, one in six older persons suffered some form of abuse.
Unfortunately, this year, due to lockdowns triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, "violence against older persons is on the rise," the UN says.
"The COVID-19 pandemic may significantly lower older persons’ incomes and living standards," it adds.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) says the abuse of elderly persons "remains a largely hidden problem."
WHO explains that elder abuse is an" intentional act, or failure to act, by a caregiver or another person" to a person 60 years old or above.
"Elder abuse can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences, increased risk of nursing home placement, use of emergency services, hospitalization and death," WHO said.
WHO warned that elder abuse can result in injuries, disabilities, poor health conditions, loneliness, loss of dignity, among others.