proclamation-389x640The toll of elder abuse in the United States is staggering, impacting an estimated 5 million people each year, with a cost estimated at $2.6 billion. Elder abuse is a global problem.

Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer proclaimed June 15, 2018 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The Governor joins with The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) and Kansas Advocates for Better Care (KABC) in recognition of this serious issue which has for too long remained out of our collective awareness and with devastating results for many older adults.

  • It is estimated that 1 in 10 older adults are victims of elder abuse each year.
  • An older adult who is abused has a 300% increased risk of death within 18 months. 
  • 2,500 older Kansans are given anti-psychotic drugs without a supporting diagnosis and often without their consent.

KABC fights against abuse, neglect and exploitation of older Kansans and for public policies that promote safe and compassionate elder care. KABC trains older adults, caregivers, law enforcement and others in communities throughout the state for abuse prevention and early intervention. KABC provides support and guidance to victims of elder abuse.

Since 2006, the United Nations has sponsored World Elder Abuse Awareness Day/WEAAD, noting that it “represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations.”

This observance serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. We ask that you do your part in helping every older adult be free from abuse of any kind, in any situation. #WEAAD