Elder Abuse Prevention Day

Lisa Cai Community, Daily Life, Seniors, Updates

Violence against older people, who are already vulnerable in this pandemic, has risen sharply since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today June 15, 2020 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Do you want to learn more about the financial benefits available for seniors in Canada? We are running a free online workshop  “Financial Benefits for Seniors”. Come join us and meet specialists who can answer your questions on the Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security Program, and the changes that were made due to COVID-19. To register for the workshop, click here: www.settlementcalgary.com/06172020pg

Let’s learn a few facts about elder abuse:

What is Elder Abuse?

  • Elder abuse happens when someone limits or controls the rights and freedoms of an older adult.
  • Neglect (fail to take care of an older person) is also a form of abuse.

What are the forms of Elder Abuse?

  • Physical abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Financial exploitation
  • Neglect, etc.

Impact of elder abuse on the health and well-being of the older person:

  • Injuries and disabilities
  • Worsened health conditions
  • Mental issues such as loneliness and anxiety
  • Loss of dignity, trust, and hope

Read about Elder Abuse, and how to get help in English, Spanish, French, Punjabi, Chinese, and Arabic: https://www.alberta.ca/get-help-elder-abuse.aspx

For more information and support: https://www.albertaelderabuse.ca/

Word the Day:

  • Exploitation: treating someone unfairly in order to benefit from their work.

  • Financial exploitation is a form of elder abuse. This happens, for example, when someone uses an older person’s money or bank card without asking.