Observed on June 15, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day provides an opportunity for church leaders and congregations to promote dialogue and action on the issues of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Each year, we observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day as a day to acknowledge, support, and empower older adults. Human rights don’t age. As a community, we can ensure that older adults are treated as full members. Knowing the different types of elder abuse and the red flags is just a first step.

World Elder Abuse Awareness booklet pulls together what is known about elder abuse and provides suggestions on how to respond.

Important links to elder abuse resources for Kentucky and Tennessee.

Elder abuse affects older people across all socioeconomic groups, cultures, and races and can occur when they are disconnected from social supports. While older adults may experience the same crimes as other age groups — including financial, physical, sexual, or emotional abuse and neglect — they are less likely to report the crime and recover from their victimization.