In an effort to unite communities worldwide to take a stand against elder abuse, The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations, launched the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15, 2006.

Abuse of the elderly is a growing concern both nationally and within Montgomery County as baby boomers age and the number of senior citizens rise. Recent research reported by the Alliance on Aging found that 1 in 10 older Americans experience abuse each year and that for every case reported, an estimated 23 go unreported.

Elder abuse refers to any of several forms of maltreatment of an older person by a caregiver, family member, spouse, or friend. This includes intentional or unintentional and neglectful acts in the form of emotional, physical and sexual abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. Learn more about elder abuse and the signs to look out for in our Health Library.

You can help protect seniors and take a stand against elder abuse by uniting and participating in awareness events in your community.

Today, June 11, Montgomery County will be holding two Senior Safety events commemorating WEAAD at the following locations:

Rockville Senior Center

1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Holiday Park Senior Center

3950 Ferrara Drive Wheaton, MD 20906

1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center and Washington Adventist Hospital will be participating by providing health screenings and education at both events. We hope to see you there!