World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
McGuinty Government Working To End Elder Abuse
June 15 was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and the Province is reminding Ontarians that the elderly are often targets of mistreatment.
Elder abuse includes:
- Paying too much for a service
- Being emotionally mistreated or physically neglected or
- Suffering a violation of trust.
The Province works year-round with the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse to detect and respond to cases of elder abuse, provide services to abused elders and raise awareness of the problem.
If you have concerns about an elderly person in your life, call the Seniors Infoline at 1-888-910-1999. This toll free line offers information and referral service in multiple languages.
- Today, 1.6 million seniors live in Ontario – 13 per cent of the population
- The World Health Organization defines elder abuse as “a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring in any relationship where there is an expectation of trust that causes harm or distress to an older person.”
- It is estimated that between 4 and 10 percent of the province’s seniors have experienced, or will experience, some form of abuse.
“Seniors have a right to live their lives safely, and with dignity. Whether we’re talking about financial, emotional or physical abuse, it is unacceptable and our government is working hard to put a stop to it.”
“Elder abuse is far more widespread than people imagine. The best way to fight it is with a comprehensive strategy that includes support for seniors and public education, and the government of Ontario should be commended for doing exactly those things.”