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As WEAAD celebrates its 17th birthday, we pause to consider what we have done, where we are going and if we are making a difference.                       

The first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was held on June 15, 2006 at the United Nations in New York City. The day was marked by 173 people from numerous organizations, drawn together to examine, discuss and address the increasing rate of elder abuse worldwide.

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 National organization promotes mental wellbeing this seniors’ week and throughout the year. 


TORONTO, June 4, 2023 –Your mental health is like a garden. Sometimes conditions are nearly perfect for steady growth and flowering. And other times conditions can be challenging, with little water, too much shade, or scorching heat. But there’s always something you can do to tend to your mental health and help your garden grow in all seasons of life. 

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Joint statement of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People (GAROP)
for the 13th session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing 
(OEWGA), 3-6 April 2023


This statement is made on behalf of the 400 member organizations of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People.

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The International Longevity Centre Canada, along with its partners, is proud to announce that the Canadian Coalition Against Ageism (CCAA) is moving forward with its vision for a Canada free of ageism against older persons. 

The CCAA is a nation-wide social change movement to combat ageism against older people while protecting and strengthening their human rights.

Ahead of the 13th U.N. Open-Ended Working Group on Aging, ILC Canada has shared the vision, goals and principles of this new coalition. More details coming soon. 



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The Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights By Older Persons, Dr. Claudia Mahler, is preparing a report on violence, abuse and neglect of older persons for the 54th Session of the Human Rights Council. International stakeholders were invited to submit contributions before March 1, 2023.

"In this report, the Independent Expert will aim at examining the existing international and regional legal protection standards applicable to the issue of violence against older persons, as well as, at analysing the manifestations and forms of violence, abuse and neglect faced by older persons. It will also identify and analyse good practices in combating violence and abuse of older persons to be able to fully enjoy their human rights. Furthermore, the Independent Expert will analyse the issue from an intersectional perspective, in exploring the interactions with other social factors such as gender, sex, race, ethnicity, indigenous identity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, social status, place of origin and immigration status. Finally, the Independent Expert will provide recommendations on ways to protect older persons from violence while upholding their human rights, and in ensuring victims, access to justice, remedies and reparations." (Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights)

The International Longevity Centre Canada, the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario delivered a joint submission, which can be accessed and downloaded here.


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