World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is an important day for raising awareness about elder abuse prevention and intervention. In Maine, elder abuse awareness is particularly important due to our state’s rapidly aging population.

Every year, the Maine Council on Elder Abuse Prevention asks all elder abuse prevention and intervention advocates to get involved in raising awareness about elder abuse.

Check back in May 2017 to see the plan for the 2017 campaign.


High School Scholarship Winners Announced in

Elder Abuse Prevention Essay Contest

In 2016 the Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention (MCEAP) and the GFWC Maine Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC Maine) began working together to raise awareness about elder abuse in Maine. The two groups co-sponsored an elder abuse prevention essay contest for high school students and received 67 scholarship contest entries responding to the question “What is elder abuse and why does it matter to you?”

At a press conference held on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15), MCEAP and GFWC Maine announced that Elizabeth Parsons, a student at Hampden Academy in Penobscot County won first place in the scholarship contest and Kolby Kain, a student at Dexter Regional High School in Piscataquis County was the runner-up.  Ms. Parsons will receive $1,000.00 and Ms. Kain will receive $500.00 for their winning entries. In addition to the statewide winners, each participating county selected a county winner who was awarded a modest prize.

Click here to read the winning essays.