Area Agency on Aging of Broward County Commits To Justice On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day This June 15th

The Area Agency on Aging of Broward County (AAABC) is commemorating WEAAD by hosting free in-person and virtual events throughout June:

  • In partnership with the Department of Elder Affairs and the Florida Area Agencies on Aging, which operate as 11 individual Aging and Disability Resource Centers across the state, AAABC will host a virtual workshop on Wednesday, June 12, to teach attendees how to spot, report and identify abuse and scams targeting older adults. Please click here to register.
  • On Friday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the AAABC will host a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Summit with representatives from Adult Protective Services, Florida S.H.I.N.E. Program, Coast to Coast Legal Aid and more. The in-person summit will take place at the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center and hopes to teach resources to protect our community from elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. No registration is required.

The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations (UN) launched the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15, 2006, in an effort to unite communities around the world in raising awareness about elder abuse. WEAAD serves as a call-to-action for our communities to raise awareness about abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elders, and reaffirm our country’s commitment to the principle of justice for all.

When we come together, we can prevent elder abuse from happening. We can put support services in place, and direct community resources toward addressing elder abuse. Our country must reaffirm our commitment to justice and create a sturdy structure of support that will benefit us all as we get older.

Elder abuse is widespread. Every year an estimated 1 in 10 older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that’s only part of the picture: Experts believe that elder abuse is significantly under-reported, in part because so many of our communities lack the social support that would make it easier for those who experience abuse to report it. Research suggests that as few as 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse come to the attention of authorities.

In addition to being a clear violation of the American commitment to justice for all, elder abuse is an issue with many consequences for our society. Its effects on our communities range from public health to economic issues.

The good news is that we can prevent and address the issue of elder abuse. There are many ways to strengthen our social supports through policies, services, and programs that keep us integrated in our communities as we age.

  • We can design and equip community centers to work as intergenerational spaces that allow older people to build relationships and participate in the work, play, and life of our neighborhoods.
  • We can think about the role of transportation in reducing social isolation and adjust systems so that we can all continue to move throughout our communities as we age.
  • We can figure out new and better ways to arrange and coordinate the teams, agencies, and programs that work specifically with older people.
  • We can develop programs to educate families and professionals who work with older adults to understand the importance of preventing isolation, how to spot the warning signs of abuse, and what to do to address abuse or neglect.

By doing all that we can to strengthen the social support structure, we can reduce social isolation, protect communities and families against elder abuse, and build a nation that lives up to our promise of justice for all.

About AAABC (Area Agency on Aging of Broward County)

Sponsored by the Areawide Council on Aging of Broward County and the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, the Area Agency on Aging of Broward County is the nonprofit umbrella organization charged with the responsibilities of planning, coordinating, monitoring, and funding programs designed to meet the needs of over 476,486 year-round Broward senior residents including an Elder Helpline, Medicare Counseling, Health & Wellness classes and more. As the prime advocate for local Older Americans, the AAABC contracts with administering organizations for the following programs: senior centers; senior day care; site meals; home-delivered meals; Alzheimer’s in-home and facility respite; minor in-home repair; legal; transportation; homemaker personal care; respite; emergency response; and case management. To learn more, please visit