Combatting elder abuse begins with taking a stance against ageism. The World Health Organization defines ageism as “stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination towards others or oneself based on age”. Ageism is a factor in elder abuse. It manifests in individual cases and systemically through policies. The Covid-19 Pandemic has amplified the negative effect of ageism on our society. It has helped to shed a light on the problematic policies that carry an underlying ageist attitude. The World Health Organization published its Global Report on Ageism on March 18, 2021.
The report calls for “urgent action to combat ageism and better measurement and reporting to expose ageism”. The Report offers three evidence based strategies to combat ageism and recommendations for action. The WHO is launching a global campaign to combat ageism and offering a toolkit to better equip those interested in joining the campaign. This toolkit is helpful to assist with initiating conversations within our community around ageism. On March 30, 2021 an international dialogue will be held on the impact of Covid-19 on the human rights of older persons. You can register for the event here.
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March is Fraud Prevention Month and here are a few tips to practice this month: