World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Posted on 06/01/2020
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Minden, Nevada – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) will be participating in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day which is Monday, June 15, 2020.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office commits to protecting older Americans in our community by raising awareness about elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. DCSO wants to connect with our seniors and improve communication, so that DCSO can better protect them.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN) launched the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) in 2006, and has been recognized every year since. It is an effort to unite communities around the world and nation in raising awareness about elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. 

Elder Abuse is widespread. It is an intentional act, or failure to act by a caregiver or trusted person that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older adult, age 60 years and older.  The Center for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 10 seniors may be being abused. Cognitive impairment and the need for help with daily activities makes the senior more vulnerable to predators.  It is estimated that 5 million elders a year are victims, and this number is likely to be underestimated and the abuse is underreported. 

WEAAD signs will be placed throughout the community as a reminder to honor and protect a senior in our community.  Douglas County Board of County Commissioner’s (BOCC) will present a Proclamation on WEEAD on June 4th, 2020 during a Board of County Commissioner’s meeting. The public is invited to participate and watch the meeting through the livestream link here.

DCSO is asking the public to reach out to an older American on June 15th, create an intergenerational bridge, honor and greet a senior in our community, perform an act or service, or simply check on an older American and see if the signs of elder neglect are present.  If they are, call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to report it at (775) 782-5126.

With community participation we can strengthen our support structure, we can reduce social isolation, identify and stop elder abuse, and protect our community and families from elder abuse.

To watch the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day video, click on the link below.


**Due to COVID-19, the lunch that was initially scheduled on June 15th at the Douglas County Community and Senior Center is cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience and have updated the press release to reflect the change.

Seniors are essential to the fabric of our community and we will continue to protect, celebrate and recognize the valuable people they are and the experiences they hold.**


Written by:            Sgt Bernadette Smith

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office