June 12, 2020   
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NAELA Celebrates World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Attorneys Serving Older Adults and People With Disabilities Join Efforts to Prevent Elder Abuse

Washington, DC — According to the United Nations, “virtually all countries are expected to see substantial growth in the number of older persons between 2015 and 2030, and that growth will be faster in developing regions. Because the numbers of older persons are growing, the amount of elder abuse can be expected to grow with it.” 

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) acknowledges the growing population of older adults by celebrating World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15th. The United Nations General Assembly officially recognized this annual event “in its resolution 66/127, December 2011, following a request by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), who first established the commemoration in June 2006. It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations.” 

As an accredited nongovernmental organization to the United Nations' Open-Ended Working Group on Aging, NAELA has participated in international discussions on the need to protect the rights of older adults.

“NAELA member attorneys serve older adults and support legislation that aims to protect this population, such as nursing home rights and nursing home quality issues,” said NAELA President Wendy Cappelletto, Esq., CAP. 

View NAELA’s webpage: “Questions and Answers When Looking For an Elder or Special Needs Law Attorney.” 

Find an Elder and Special Needs Law attorney in your area using NAELA’s Online Member Directory.
Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Upon joining, NAELA member attorneys agree to adhere to the NAELA Aspirational Standards. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is to educate, inspire, serve, and provide community to attorneys with practices in elder and special needs law. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NAELA.org, or to locate a NAELA member attorney in your area, visit NAELA.org/findlawyer.

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