To show our solidarity in the awareness and prevention of elder abuse, North York Seniors Centre will take a stand and join other organizations on June 15th, 2020, by wearing purple to show our support for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2020.
Our elderly population are the most vulnerable when it comes to abuse. Some are unable to defend themselves and acquire the assistance and support they need. As fear and frailty can be major barriers in seeking the help they need. Recognizing and challenging elder abuse can be no easy task, as some seniors are isolated, having outlived their loved ones.
Elder abuse can take many forms. It can take place in the home or community; by friend and/or family; someone you have placed your care in their trust with or a person in authority. Elder abuse can have a horrible negative effects on an individual from physical to their mental state.
What can you do if you suspect elder abuse?
- Ask them how they are doing and if they require any assistance
- If they do require assistance, ask if there is an individual you can put them in contact with for support
- Ask them how they would like to be assisted
- Let them tell you how you can support them
What are some warning signs to look out for?
- If you notice a change in their mood, being fearful, withdrawn or detached
- Unexplained injuries or frequent accidents
- Abrupt changes in their living arrangement
- Lack of funds or unable to make financial obligations when they were able to before
- Visible neglect, where there is lack of food or hygiene
If you or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse, please contact your local law enforcement agency immediately. You may also contact John Sconza, Community Relations Officer at 416-808-3208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also learn more about how to report abuse from Community Legal Education Ontario at https://www.cleo.on.ca/en/publications/elderab/when-does-elder-abuse-have-be-reported.
Additionally, you can visit The Advocacy Centre for the Elderly for further information on the types of abuse that fall under the Criminal Code of Canada. https://www.advocacycentreelderly.org/elder_abuse_-_faq.php
North York Seniors Centre is here to support our clients. If you have questions regarding elder abuse, please call 416-733-4111 and our Client Service Department will be able to assist you.
1 Information about elder abuse. (2019, December 10). Retrieved from https://www.ontario.ca/page/information-about-elder-abuse#section-0
2 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2020. (n.d.). Retrieved June 11, 2020, from https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/world-elder-abuse-awareness-day-2020/