While the topic of elder abuse has started to gain visibility, it remains one of the least reported, investigated, and nationally addressed forms of violence against elders worldwide. Financial abuse among older adults can take many forms. In developed countries, it often includes acts of theft, forgery, misuse of property and power of attorney as well as the denial of funds. In less developed regions, it can include property grabbing, moral and spiritual accusations, banishment from homes and denial of family inheritances.
Financial and material exploitation often deprives elders of a life of dignity and can lead them to a life of poverty, hunger, homelessness, poor health and wellness and even premature death.
The Global Ageing Network is deeply concerned about any and all abuse and neglect against older adults. The fact that it happens at all is a travesty and we must take all measures to put an end to it.
On June 16th, the Global Ageing Network will join other NGO’s at the United Nations in observance of its 12th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event.
The 2017 theme will focus on improving our collective understanding of elder abuse while exploring effective means of strengthening protections against the financial and material exploitation of older adults– including through the empowerment of elders themselves. The event will further inform the thematic discussions of the upcoming 8th Session of the General Asembly’s Open-ended Working Group on Ageing, which will take place in July 2017.
Frame financial exploitation and material abuse of older persons within the context of human rights;
Promote research across countries to identify the scale and severity of financial exploitation and its impact on older persons, their families, communities and countries in order to raise public awareness and to inform appropriate responses;
Stress the urgent need for Member States to take concrete action and develop specific measures to address and monitor financial exploitation and material abuse in the context of an ageing society;
Share good practices of legislative initiatives and programmatic interventions on detecting and dealing with financial exploitation.
Join us and colleagues around the world in our fight to end elder abuse. Show the world you care about ending elder abuse and neglect by wearing purple on June 15th and tell us what you are doing to combat it in your community.