Thank you to all those who joined us for our recognition of the 15th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2021. Below are the slide decks, handouts, presenter contact information and presentation recordings for the virtual program Reconnecting Our Community to Protect Older Adults.

Recording of Board of County Commissioners Declare June 15, 2021 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day during Open Session on Thursday, June 10, 2021

Recording of the full virtual program Reconnecting our Community to Protect Older Adults on June 15, 2021

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According to the National Center for Elder Abuse website: "The World Health Organization 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 reaffirms 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. Elder abuse is widespread. Every year an estimated 1 in 10 older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. 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."