Wednesday, June 13, 2012

 

Federal Gov't News

The End of Elder Abuse

New Horizons seniors program helps

Submitted by Robert Pearsall, PA to MP mark Strahl/Voice file photo

 

hilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl and the Government of Canada want to help raise awareness of the problem of elder abuse by recognising June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

"Elder abuse is all too common a problem in communities across Canada. This Friday is an opportunity to bring attention to the abuse and neglect that some older adults experience," said Strahl.

It is believed that between four and ten percent of Canadian seniors experience some kind of abuse. One in five Canadians believes they know of a senior who might be experiencing some form of abuse. It can take many forms including financial, physical and psychological abuse and neglect.

"In whatever form it takes, abuse is never acceptable and should never be tolerated," said Strahl.

In addition to awareness campaigns and new legislation to protect seniors, the Government of Canada, through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, provides funding to organizations across Canada for projects that address elder abuse.

For more information and resources go here on elder abuse, visit www.seniors.gc.ca where you can link to Elder Abuse - It's Time to Face the Reality here. You can also learn more about steps to combat financial abuse call 1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232).
 

 

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