As June 15th is observed as World Elder Abuse Prevention Day, it’s important to recognize not all seniors are in the best of circumstances. It’s estimated that 7 to 10% of older Canadians are victims of elder abuse. Physical, sexual, psychological, or financial abuse and can result in distress, impairment, or bodily injury. Every senior deserves the right to feel safe, and live free from abuse. The theme of World Elder Abuse Prevention Day for 2022 is “Rights don’t get old.” Basic human rights of older Canadians are challenged and undercut every day and, tragically, this has never been more true than over the last two years during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s estimated that 1 in 6 seniors are victims of elder abuse. Within the Eastern Counties alone, the Carefor Elder Abuse Prevention Program has seen an increase of over 40% in elder abuse cases since March 2020. Tanya Mayich, Carefor’s Elder Abuse Prevention Coordinator, and Community Network Chair for the Prevention of Elder Abuse for the Eastern Counties and Akwasasne shared, “Seniors who lack capacity or have serious medical issues can be taken advantage of by the people closest to them. It is key to have good support around these seniors.” It is imperative within our local community that we educate ourselves of the universal warning signs and the associated risk factors concerning elder abuse, and advocate for the rights of seniors. Tanya explained, “This day is celebrated to advocate for seniors so their voices can be heard. We must acknowledge elder abuse as a public and human rights issue throughout the community and around the world. Every older adult deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and we can only make a difference if we mobilize together as a community.” Seniors have the right to live free from abuse and you can make a difference. If you know a senior experiencing any type of abuse, if you need support, or have any questions or need further information call Carefor’s Elder Abuse Prevention Coordinator at 613 932-3451 ext. 4244 or visit www.elderabusepreventionservices.com. -30-About Carefor and the Elder Abuse Prevention Program Carefor is a local not-for-profit charity that provides home healthcare and community support services across Eastern Ontario. Whether in the home, in the community, at care facilities or one of its clinics, 1,500 staff are part of the circle of care that is tailored to clients’ needs. The Elder Abuse Prevention Program served over 140 vulnerable seniors this past year in the Eastern Counties. For more information about Carefor, please visit www.carefor.ca. For more information about Elder Abuse and the Elder Abuse Prevention Program, please visit www.elderabusepreventionservices.com.
About the Community Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
The Community Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse for the Eastern Counties and Akwasasne is a long standing, well established, local non-profit network that encompasses a full continuum of services dedicated to the social identification, community education, and prevention of elder abuse.
The network is comprised of volunteer board members in the areas of criminal justice, social assistance, community outreach, healthcare, and mental health agencies all within the local community.
For more information contact:
Community Network Chair & Elder Abuse Prevention Coordinator for Carefor Eastern Counties
[email protected] (Email is preferred)
613 932-3451 ext. 4244