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
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)
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.
For Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Awareness Month in 2019, CEJC launched a series of short videos on a variety of elder justice topics. Our hope is that in less than 10 minutes, you can increase your awareness on an important elder justice related topic which you may want to learn more about.
Be sure to check out CEJC's other Toolkit pages on a variety of topics, including:
National Advocates Academy Webinar Recordings
Raise your awareness on one of the following topics by listening to one of the recordings of our past Advocates Academy webinars. Since early 2018 we have hosted webinars on the following topics:
RESOURCES FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
NEW! Reframing Aging: A Primer for Health Care Professionals
This webinar, presented by the Reframing Aging Initiative covers four ideas to keep in mind when talking about older people and health equity in health care settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
NEW! Talking Elder Abuse: A FrameWorks Communications Toolkit
This toolkit uses research, recommendations, and sample communications to help experts and advocates increase public understanding of elder abuse. It focuses on ageism, social isolation and other social factors. See https://bit.ly/3iux6UU
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.
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.
Reframing Aging "Makeover"
This "makeover" of an awareness day poster by WISE & Healthy Aging in Los Angeles demonstrates how the "Reframing Aging" approach can be applied to elder abuse prevention. (Click on each image to see the full brochures.)
International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA)
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was the brainchild of Dr. Elizabeth Podnieks, a founding member of the Interenational Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. INPEA's website offers excellent resources on awareness day events around the world.
The California Association of Area Agencies on Aging (C4A) launched this campaign two years ago, which in 2017 demonstrated the following impressive results:
To view the Toolkit, go to Elder Abuse Awareness Month Social Media Toolkit (PDF).