World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - 15th JuneUN General Assembly in its Resolution 66/127 designated June 15th as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. On this day the whole world is to raise its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations. It is for inviting global attention on the problem of physical, emotional and financial abuse of elders. The world is currently in a transformation stage in the demographic pattern. The global population of elders, above 60 years, will exceed the number of younger people. These changes are leading to a worldwide recognition of the problems and challenges that face the elderly group.Research has identified elderly abuse , neglect, violence and exploitation as the major issues facing senior citizens around the world.
A recent survey conducted by Hepage India, in 23 cities, revealed that the maximum amount of abuse take place in Mangaluru (47%) followed by Ahamedabad (46%), Bhopal (39%) and Amritsar (35%). Compared to the rest of the cities the abuse is lower in Kochi (15%). Abuse include disrespect, bearing, verbaverbal abuse, economic exploitation, unwelcome forcible sexual contact, neglect and others.