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Limavady residents mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Limavady residents mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day thumbnailMichael Cooke, Flexi Care Coordinator LCDI, pictured with Ester Campbell, Senior Social Practitioner and Mairead Quinn, Senior Social Practitioner and Western Trust clients during the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event held in Limavady.

THE Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) marked World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15 2017 by holding a series of financial exploitation awareness sessions with older people across the Western Trust area, including Limavady. The events were supported by PSNI and local banks. This year's WEAAD theme focused on the financial exploitation and material abuse of older people as a common and serious problem. This type of abuse often goes unreported, partly due to shame and embarrassment on the part of the victims or their inability to report it because of impairments.
WEAAD provides an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.
The Western Trust and the Local Adult Safeguarding Partnership are keen to raise awareness of the abusive situations faced by all adults who are at risk including older people, people with mental health issues, learning disability, physical disabilities and those with addictions. Action on Elder Abuse suggests that approximately 500,000 older people in the UK experience some form of abuse every year.
In addition, WEAAD is in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.
WEAAD serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
The Western Trust Chief Executive Elaine Way supported WEAAD by signing the International Declaration on Elder Abuse for the third year, marking the Trust's ongoing concern about the risk to older people who suffer from neglect or are victims of financial, emotional or physical abuse.

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