THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release June 11, 2014
WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY, 2014
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Each year, the international community renews its
commitment to addressing a human rights issue that too often
goes ignored — elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Elder
abuse damages public health and threatens millions of our
parents, grandparents, and friends. It is a crisis that knows
no borders or socio-economic lines. On World Elder Abuse
Awareness Day, we strengthen our resolve to replace neglect with
care and exploitation with respect.
America must lead by example, and my Administration remains
dedicated to ending elder abuse, supporting victims, and holding
abusers accountable. Under the Affordable Care Act, we enacted
the Elder Justice Act. Through this law, the Federal Government
has invested in identifying, responding to, and preventing elder
abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Because eliminating this
pervasive crime requires coordinated action, we are bringing
together Federal agencies; non-profit and private sector
partners; and State, local, and tribal governments. Together,
we can build a more responsive criminal justice system, give
seniors the tools to avoid financial scams, and determine the
best ways to prevent elder abuse before it starts.
Seniors have provided for their families, risen to the
challenges of their times, and built ladders of opportunity for
future generations. Many have served our Nation with honor.
After decades of hard work, they have earned the right to enjoy
their retirement years with a basic sense of security. Today,
let us join with partners around the globe in declaring that we
will not fail the men and women who raised us, sacrificed for
us, and shaped our world.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the
United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested
in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States,
do hereby proclaim June 15, 2014, as World Elder Abuse Awareness
Day. I call upon all Americans to observe this day by learning
the signs of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, and by
raising awareness about this growing public health issue.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
eleventh day of June, in the year of our Lord
two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the
United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.