Ageism can be a barrier to effectively responding to older victims by not taking older adults seriously when they report abuse, stripping autonomy and control away from victims when they report, and by the targeting of older adults by perpetrators.
This page offers educational resources created by NCALL as well as links to some recommended tools by leaders in the anti-ageism movement. Please join us now, to commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, in committing to understanding the harmful impacts of ageism and calling out ageist stereotypes that devalue and discredit older survivors of abuse. We invite you to view and share the contents of this page with your professional and personal networks.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Action Guide
In 2019, the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) and the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) teamed up to create our first joint World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) Action Guide. This current edition brings into focus the issue of ageism in the context of elder abuse. It also includes ideas for ways to commemorate WEAAD, both in-person and virtually, offers considerations for increasing accessibility in your events, and provides more tools for your WEAAD outreach.
Please click on an image below to access any of these important resources.
Old School, an online anti-ageism clearinghouse, offers a carefully curated and continuously updated selection of podcasts, publications, and other tools aimed at exposing and eradicating ageism.
NCALL designed these interactive exercises to help get participants engaged in trainings on abuse in later life and elder abuse and to help them recognize some of the unique challenges faced by older survivors of abuse.
Age and Assumptions: An Exercise for Domestic Violence Advocates Highlighting How Ageist Assumptions Impact Our Work
These videos, which address some ways to build or enhance supports for older survivors of abuse, are part of larger video series created by NCALL and Terra Nova Films with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women and Elder Justice Initiative in 2016. Other videos from this series may be viewed on NCALL’s YouTube Channel.
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Substitute Decision Makers
Benefits of Support Groups
for Older Victims
Budget Line Items to Address the Needs of Older Victims
Creating a Welcoming Atmosphere for Older Victims
Enhancing Agency Policies
Inviting Older Survivors to Review Policies and Practices