World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Published on May 11, 2022

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day


“Rights Don’t Get Old”

Wednesday 15th June 2022


The United Nations General Assembly has designated the 15th June annually as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.   It is well documented that there will be a significant growth in the population of older persons between the years 2015-2030 and with this increase come the increase and risk of abuse. The abuse of older people is an increasing and serious problem so it is vital to raise awareness of it in an effort to prevent it.  Raising awareness of what constitutes abuse and ensuring that people know how to report any concerns they have is important in this regard. This day focuses our attention on the need for all of us, to take responsibility in preventing elder abuse for those with whom we work to care for and those within our community.


The Safeguarding and Protection Team (SPT), HSE Mid West Community Healthcare encourages your organisation to mark this annual event either on the day or during the week of the 15th June 2022.  The theme of this year is ‘Rights Don’t Get Old’. All are encouraged to wear the purple ribbon or the colour purple to mark the day.


The National Safeguarding Office (HSE) can be contacted at [email protected]  or on 061 461165 in relation to any promotional material for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.


The HSE Safeguarding & Protection Teams work directly with those who find themselves vulnerable and who are at risk of abuse.  If you have a concern for yourself or an older person you can contact the HSE Safeguarding and Protection Team on [email protected], North Tipperary / East Limerick – 067 46470 / 067 46428 / 067 46752,  Limerick 061 457129/ 061 457112/061 457123/061 457111 or Co. Clare 065 6863869.