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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of older persons are abused, neglected and exploited every year. Many of these victims are frail, vulnerable people who often rely on others to meet their most basic daily needs. To raise awareness about this important issue, each year on June 15 communities around the world plan activities and programs to recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).

To recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day this year, the Minnesota Elder Justice Center and its partners are sponsoring a full-day professional education conference held at the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul Campus. The goal of this conference is to elevate the issue of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation and provide education on best practices for prevention and response.

Minnesota strives to ensure safe environments and services for vulnerable adults and encourages reporting of suspected maltreatment. The Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center can be reached 24 hours/day, seven days/week by calling toll-free at 1-844-880-1574 for anyone who suspects maltreatment of a vulnerable adult. Mandated reporters, such as law enforcement, educators, medical personnel, etc. can use a web-based reporting system, which will be promptly submitted to the appropriate investigative agencies.