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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15th, 2014


June 15th is officially recognized by the UN as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  Elder abuse need not be physical but can be financial, emotional, sexual or just a failure to provide food, shelter and care. It can occur in the older person’s home whether that is in the community,  an assisted living facility, retirement home, long term care or the home of a family member. 

Did you know that ….

  • Almost 10% of Ontario’s seniors experience elder abuse? 
  • Approximately 80% goes undetected due to shame, embarrassment or fear of the resulting consequences?
  • Financial abuse is the most widespread type of elder abuse?

So what can you do? 

  • If you are a health care professional, check out www.elderabuseontario.com for educational resources, training manuals, links to supports for caregivers,  list of professional events and more.
  • If you wish to support a local elder abuse network, consider becoming a member of the Oxford County Elder Abuse Network. Call the South West CCAC at 1-800-561-5490 for more information. 
  • If you suspect a client, relative, neighbour of being abused,  visit here for ideas of how to start the conversation.

If you are a senior and have concerns around elder abuse

  • Call the Seniors’ Safety Line – 1-866-299-1011 where you can find support 24 hours a day 7 days a week in over 150 languages. 
  • If the abuse is suspected of occurring in a long term care facility, call the Long Term Care Home Action Line at 1-866-434-0144 
  • Call the police, talk to your family physician, or Senior Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Last Updated: 07/29/14
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