World Elder Abuse Awareness Day takes place every year on the 15th June and was established by the United Nations General Assembly as a means of voicing opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted on older people across the world.
World Jewish Relief specifically works with thousands of older people within Jewish communities of the former Soviet Union, where miserly pensions, poor housing conditions, and limited provision of health and social care leads to particularly high levels of vulnerability among older people. We support projects which support both physical and emotional well-being, targeting in particular social isolation and loneliness among older people.
We recognise the widespread incidence of elder abuse and its devastating impact on the physical and psychological wellbeing of millions of older people across the world, constituting mass violations of human rights. We understand that the issue is likely to be exacerbated by ageing populations. We at World Jewish Relief support actions for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and support efforts to highlight this important issue.
Find out more about how we support older people in the former Sovet Union.