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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day


In memory of Elizabeth Podnieks

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Dr. Elizabeth Podnieks on February 2, 2024. Dr. Podnieks was a pioneering figure in the global fight against elder abuse, leaving an indelible mark on the field. She was the founding force behind the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (now EAPO), as well as the Canadian and International Networks for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. Her visionary leadership also gave rise to World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, an official United Nations observance since 2006.

Dr. Podnieks’s dedication to research and advocacy knew no bounds. A fervent defender of the rights of older individuals, she inspired and guided countless academics, non-profit leaders, and frontline workers, instilling in them a commitment to eradicating elder abuse. Her charismatic approach, coupled with her unwavering resolve, made her a true powerhouse in effecting positive change.

We are profoundly grateful for Dr. Podnieks’s vision, which will continue to guide our efforts for generations to come. In her memory, we pledge to uphold her legacy by advancing the well-being, safety, and inclusion of older adults worldwide.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Dr. Elizabeth Podnieks’s family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time. May her legacy serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration to us all.


Dr. Elizabeth Podnieks

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Zoom Virtual Call: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Jun 12, 2024 12:30 PM Eastern Time

Topic: WEAAD National Virtual Event

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