2018 WEAAD & Elder Abuse Awareness Month Resources
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is on June 15th, and opportunities abound for joining advocates around the world in combatting abuse and standing up for elder justice. California has declared the whole month of June as Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Awareness Month. We've provided these materials to help you spread the word.
California Elder Justice Coalition (CEJC) advocates for protecting, defending, and empowering elders and the individuals and organizations that offer them protection and support. The CEJC website offers news and other information on elder justice issues such as: California and national legislation, new laws, innovations and toolkits for advocating and assisting elders. Stay in contact with us by following us on Twitter: @elderjusticecal and joining our mailing list. Support our work by joining as a CEJC member or making a donation.
CEJC offers the following two publications that relate strongly to WEAAD’s theme and purpose, which are available for free download:
The Principles of Elder Justice are a synthesis of collected insights and ideas from stakeholders and opinion leaders from multiple disciplines across the state. Although elder abuse prevention remains core, CEJC and its partners recognize that abuse does not occur in a vacuum and cannot be prevented without a firm foundation of support services, legal options, fair distribution of resources, attention to the rights of people with cognitive impairments, and accountability. This broader vision is reflected in these principles.
How to Use: Feel free to download and reproduce copies, modify them, or use excerpts. Get the message out to others through ‘tweets’, blog posts, emails, or handouts.
From Blueprint to Benchmarks: Building a Framework for Elder Justice (B2B) offers a comprehensive plan that draws from input and insights by innovators and stakeholders from around the state. It provides background information and recommendations for action in 9 areas, ranging from the justice systems to long term services and supports.
How to Use: Use B2B to identify issues for discussions at meetings, to advocate with policy makers, to justify request for funding, and to help ‘turn the tide’ against elder abuse.
RESOURCES FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
Below is a list of websites, toolkits and other resources which may be useful during elder abuse awareness month.
Frame Works Institute: Reframing Aging: Gaining Momentum
Aging and elder abuse are misunderstood in America. Misconceptions and stereotypes lead to discrimination against older people in many areas of life, from health care to the workplace. As with so many multifaceted social problems, the public shies away from the problem and mistakenly believes that elder abuse is a rare phenomenon or that it is confined to any given socioeconomic group.
These are among the conclusions contained in Reframing Aging: Gaining Momentum, which draws from an investigation supported by 8 leading national organizations on aging, including the American Society on Aging and AARP, to change the way Americans think about aging.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day provides the perfect opportunity to put theory into practice. A product of the initiative, “Gaining Momentum-Communications Toolkit,” offers a ‘quick start guide to using the framework, a list of common questions with reframed answers, and other valuable tools. Also available is “Reframing Aging,” a lecture series on how to use new, evidence-based framing strategies to communicate more powerfully about aging as a social policy issue. The American Society on Aging (ASA) hosted the Reframing Aging ASA Webinar Series.
The following brochure "makeover" by WISE & Healthy Aging shows how it can be done. (Click on each image to see the full brochures.)
KNOw Abuse Report Abuse-Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Awareness Campaign
The California Association of Area Agencies on Aging (C4A) launched this campaign two years ago, which in 2017 demonstrated the following impressive results:
• On average, 24% of those who viewed the campaign's top two ads emailed/tweeted to their legislator.
• 3.1 million "impressions" (an ad is viewed once by a visitor, or displayed once on a web page.
• 2,246 "unique viewers"/reach (individuals who visited the campaign website or received ads, e-mail, or newsletters).
• Legislator emails generated: 380
• Tweets generated: 380
• Shares on Facebook: 309
To view the 2018 Toolkit, click here. C4A invites others to get involved by visiting the site, sharing information, and posting to social media using the hashtag #kNOwAbuseReportAbuse.
2018 WEAAD & AWARENESS MONTH EVENTS
Below is a list of just some of the events going on this month. Of course there are many, many more!
2018 WEAAD Event Map: This interactive map, produced by the Center on Elder Mistreatment at the University of Southern California, enables stakeholders to find awareness events close to home. To submit a WEAAD event click here.
June 7, 1:00-3:00 pm, Sacramento: The California Department of Social Services, as part of a coalition of agencies dedicated to protecting the most at risk populations are hosting California's Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Awareness Month Kick-Off event at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I Street in Sacramento with a free reception from 3pm to 4pm. See event flyer for more information. Click here to register for this free event.
June 14, 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Napa County Napa County Alliance for Senior Education (NCASE) is hosting its 3rd Annual Elder Abuse Awareness Symposium in the Performing Arts Center at Napa Valley College. More info on event flyer. Click here to RSVP.
June 15, 10 am-12:00 pm, Redwood City "Seniors on the Square" event sponsored by San Mateo County Aging and Adult Services and Redwood City. For more information, see event flyer.
June 20, 5:30-7:00 pm, San Mateo Planning for your Future: A forum for LGBTQ+ adults age 50+. More info available on event flyer.
June 13, 1:00-2:30 pm PST Leveraging National Resources To Build Strong Support for Older Adults This Department of Justice webinar commemorates World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. An array of experts will discuss how their organizations are helping to build strong support for older adults. For more information and to register, click here.
Also, visit CEJC's Webinars & Events Page for CEJC hosted webinars throughout the year on a variety of elder justice topics.