World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Peel
Only 1 in 5 cases ever reported
BRAMPTON, ON. (June 14, 2010) – The Region of Peel has proclaimed June 15, 2010, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in support of a global effort by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. June is also Seniors’ Month in Ontario.
“With a growing population of older adults in Peel, we need to recognize the frequency and seriousness of elder abuse,” said Annette Groves, Chair of Peel’s Health Services Committee and Regional Councillor. “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day gives us an opportunity to call attention to this problem, as well as to inform older adults of their rights and the resources available to them.”
It is estimated that between four and ten per cent of Ontario’s seniors experience some type of abuse and the majority of those incidents involve financial abuse. Other forms of abuse include physical, psychological/emotional, sexual, and neglect.
“Sadly, elder abuse is still a hidden problem with only one in five cases reported,” said Ms. Groves. Elder abuse is most likely to be delivered by someone close to the senior – a spouse, an adult child, a family member or a paid caregiver.
Canada has been recognized internationally as a leader in raising public awareness of abuse of older adults. In Peel, there are numerous programs in place designed to protect the safety of the elderly, including one-to-one support, referrals to community agencies,guaranteed shelter at Regional Emergency Shelters and priority entry into social housing for victims of elder abuse.
On June 15, together with the Peel Elder Abuse Prevention Network, the Region will be holding two information sessions on the state of elder abuse in Peel. The sessions will be hosted by Nellie Sheppard, Chair of the Peel Elder Abuse Prevention Network (PEAPN).
|| Tuesday, June 15, 2010
||Region of Peel headquarters, 10 Peel Centre Drive, Ste. A, Brampton
||Session 1: 9:30-10:30 a.m., Caledon Room, 1st Floor
Session 2: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Mississauga Room, 1st Floor
To register, please call 905.791.7800, ext. 3561
“We should all take time on this day to think about the valuable role seniors play in our lives and the importance of speaking out against abuse,” said Carolyn Clubine, Director of Long Term Care at Peel.
For more information on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, or programs and services for abused or at-risk seniors, visit the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse at onpea.org or call 905-276-3282. Peel seniors who are experiencing abuse or feel they are at risk should contact the Peel Elder Abuse Support Line at 905.278.3141 or the Seniors’ Safety Line at 1-866-299-1011.