June 15, 2012 commemorates the 7th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Elder abuse can take many forms, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, financial or material exploitation, neglect and abandonment.
Perpetrators of elder abuse are often related to the victims.
This year the White House Office of Public Engagement will host a day-long symposium in recognition of the 7th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The event is being held at the White House on June 14th to highlight the problem of elder abuse, exploitation and neglect. This historic event will bring together public and private partners to address the unique role that financial exploitation plays in the wider problem of elder abuse. The day will be divided into four sessions to be webcast live on the White House website (http://www.whitehouse.gov/live) and will include social media-based interactive question and answer sessions on Twitter and Facebook. Opening session for the symposium begins at 9:00 AM with informative sessions following throughout the day until the closing session at 3:30 PM.