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Put on Purple for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 12, 2017

The City of Charleston Mayor's Office on Aging invites you to POP...Put On Purple!

Wear purple clothing or a purple ribbon on Thursday, June 15 for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

The color purple symbolizes the growing problem of elder abuse around the world. Each year, an estimated 5 million older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited. Older adults throughout the United States lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation, funds that they desperately need to pay for basics such as housing, food, and medical care.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, 2006, by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. WEAAD’s purpose is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of elder mistreatment by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic factors that drive and influence elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. WEAAD stands in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action, which acknowledges the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.

Cheryl O'Donnell