Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Right to Dignity
Elder Abuse Awareness Day June 15
Tashon Ziara, Prospera Credit Union
the taboo topic of elder abuse has started to gain visibility, it
remains one of the least investigated types of exploitation. Recent
research findings draw specific attention to the financial exploitation
of older persons as a common and serious problem.
Financial exploitation takes many forms. In countries like Canada, the abuse often encompasses theft, forgery, misuse of property and power of attorney, as well as denying access to funds. Risk factors for falling victim to financial exploitation include:
• social isolation and lack of
“Older people have the right to a life of dignity, free of all forms of abuse, including financial and material exploitation, which could lead to poverty, hunger, homelessness, compromised health and well-being,” said Shawn Good, President & CEO of Prospera Credit Union. “It’s important that we educate our staff, members and communities on how to help protect seniors.
The BC Association of Community Response Network provides education and support to promote communities that are free of abuse for vulnerable adults. The network is comprised of formal groups of frontline people (police, social workers, caregivers and healthcare professionals) who come together at the community level to create a co-ordinated response to abuse and offer support.
The association is focused on:
Currently, the association has services available in 133 BC communities and over 1,000 community organizations are connected to the network, with new communities continually being added. In addition to information about workshops and other resources on their website, the association has a helpful brochure that describes what to look out for and how to respond if you suspect someone is the victim of abuse.
The BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support also operates a provincial Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL). SAIL provides a safe way for seniors and those who care about them to obtain assistance, support and information about elder abuse. The toll free number is 1-866-437-1940 and service is available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm seven days a week.
Finally, if you suspect abuse or neglect, don’t assume that someone has already reported it, and in cases of immediate danger call 911.
Prospera Credit Union