Lifting up Voices for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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By Lance Robertson, Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administrator, ACL

Tomorrow we join the world in speaking out against the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). This day is about coming together to reaffirm that older adults are equal members of our communities, entitled to all the same dignity, rights, and security that each of us would expect at any age.

We salute those working to combat elder abuse, in the context of individual victims and individual perpetrators. There are many dedicated social services and law enforcement professionals across the country doing critical front-line work to advance elder justice on a case-by-case basis. ACL is proud to be supporting this work with a variety of grants and initiatives to enhance state Adult Protective Services, collect data on the scope and nature of adult maltreatment, and advance research on innovations and best practices.

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