We sometimes fail to acknowledge there are many social issues that allow older members of our society to be abused or neglected. Our older people are vital, contributing members of American society and their maltreatment diminishes all of us.
In Brevard County, the Department of Children and Families, Brevard County TRIAD and Brevard Commission on Aging hold an annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (W.E.A.A.D.) event.
The event is typically held on the second Friday of June, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Melbourne Auditorium, located at 625 E. Hibiscus Boulevard in Melbourne.
Admission, parking and breakfast and lunch are free to all attendees.
Exhibitors include memory screenings, caregiver information, local law enforcement and public safety providers, community service resource providers, local pharmacies, meal providers and transportation providers with options and solutions.
Every year, nearly five million older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited.
In addition, elders throughout the United States lose more than $2.6 billion annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation, funds that could have been used to pay for their basic needs.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched in 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations.
2021 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Drive-Thru Expo