Every Day Should Be World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

15 Jun

Saturday, June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  Here in Ontario, the Seniors Secretariat is asking everyone to wear something purple today to raise awareness. I’m not convinced anyone is going to connect wearing purple with this important issue. So wear whatever color you want. Instead, check up on the seniors in your life.  And if a situation gives you reason for concern about potential elder abuse, do something about it before the situation gets out of hand and take action.

Elder Abuse is far too real. Of the 1.5 million seniors living in Ontario, research from the  Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse,  indicates four to ten percent (60,000-150,000) have experienced or are experiencing abuse of some kind. Hardly surprising, financial fraud is the most common form of elder abuse.

Seniors Crisis Lines exist in most metropolitan areas. If you live in Toronto and have concerns about a senior, the number is 416-619-5001. In Ontario the Seniors Safety Line can be reached by calling 2-1-1 or 1-866-299-1011. The line is manned 24/7 and the staff is able to provide service in 150 languages.

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3 Responses to “Every Day Should Be World Elder Abuse Awareness Day”

  1. Janine Vincent June 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Hi Judi, I agree with you that wearing purple will not raise awareness since it can be confused with the Alzheimer Society usage of the same colour. Probably not a good idea to like the two together.

    Thanks for raising awareness on this issue. Janine Vincent

    • judila416 June 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

      Elder abuse and Alzheimers are great causes and are equally entitled to claim whichever colors they want. I just don’t believe wearing ribbons or specific colors to bring attention to a cause are what is really meant by taking action.

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