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June 15 is recognized by the United Nations as ‘World Elder Abuse Awareness Day’ and is marked world over. According to the UN: “In many parts of the world elder abuse occurs with little recognition or response. Until recently, this serious social problem was hidden from the public view and considered mostly a private matter. Even today, elder abuse continues to be a taboo, mostly underestimated and ignored by societies across the world. Evidence is accumulating, however, to indicate that elder abuse is an important public health and societal problem.”
HelpAge India, which has been front-runner in advocating for elder rights for the past 44 years, has been voicing concerns on the issue of abuse and ageism faced by our elderly. Each year HelpAge India marks this day with the release of a nationwide report to spread awareness and understand the rights and needs of elderly in India.
The theme of this year’s report is ‘Bridge the Gap’ with focus on understanding existing gaps in the critical areas of elder healthcare, agecare, income & employment opportunities, inclusion both social and digital, as well as harnessing elderly capabilities and reducing dependency, with stress on the need for systemic interventions.