World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - June 15th​

Did you know that every day 10,000 people turn 65 in the United States? Our demographics are shifting and we will soon have more older adults in the U.S. than ever before. Every year, an estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation and that's only part of the picture. According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, an estimated 93% of elder abuse cases go unreported each year.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults. 

Read our MD World Elder Abuse Awareness Factsheet 2020.pdfMD World Elder Abuse Awareness Factsheet 2020.pdf to learn more about how the state of Maryland is working towards building strong support for seniors. 

Governor Larry Hogan Proclaims June 15th to be World Elder Abuse Awareness Day:

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Community Events:

Events for 2021 will be updated shortly.
Check with your local Area Agency on Aging​ for specifics. We encourage everyone to attend national and local events. If you have an event you would like to share with us, please email:​
What is Elder Abuse?

Elder abuse refers to intentional or negligent acts by a caregiver or trusted individual that causes harm to a vulnerable elder. Elder abuse takes many forms, including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse and exploitation, emotional or psychological abuse and neglect (including verbal abuse and threats), abandonment, and self-neglect. ​

Who is at Risk?

Elder abuse can occur anywhere - in the home, in nursing homes, or other institutions. It affects seniors across all socioeconomic groups, cultures, and races. ​

Reporting or For More Information on Suspected Elder Abuse: 

For information on reporting Elder Abuse and Neglect:

For information on reporting Elder Financial Exploitation:

Protect Week

During Protect Week, June 13-19, 2021, Marylanders will have an opportunity to learn about the many forms of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of older adults via the resources of more than a dozen local and national partners. Learn more or click the button below:​

Protect Week helps identify financial scams that target the elderly and bring them into the spotlight.

Protect Week is a series of events in the community to learn and engage on the topic of scams aimed at the elderly.

Protect Week provides resources to the community to identify and report scams that target our communities.


Getting Involved on Social Media 

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram​, and LinkedIn​, where we will be sharing information and spreading awareness of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) using #WEAAD and #EndElderAbuse. 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Try our "End Elder Abuse" Facebook Profile Frame today! 

For More Information on WEAAD and additional resources: