World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) started in 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The goal of WEEAD is to increase awareness and understanding of elder abuse, so that as a community, we can work together to prevent and stop elder abuse. WEAAD is a call-to-action for us to educate each other on how to identify, address and prevent abuse!
This year, we have started a Caring Cards Challenge to commemorate WEAAD! Isolation is often a factor in elder abuse cases. The Caring Cards Challenge aims to address the isolation of seniors in our community by delivering 3,000 cards and letters to seniors in Western New York who live alone, are homebound, or could use a nice note from someone who cares. We need your help to write letters, sign cards or draw pictures! If you, your family, friends, coworkers or school is interested in participating in the Caring Cards Challenge, contact Katie Earl at 716-853-3087 x 221 for more information.
Center for Elder Law & Justice
Erie County Adult Protective Services
Erie County Department of Senior Services
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn’s Office
Office of Senator Patrick Gallivan
Office of Assembly Member Crystal Peoples-Stokes