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Elder abuse is defined as a ‘single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person’. Elder abuse is a serious and growing problem. Based on studies that indicate approx 6-10% of seniors are abused, there are between 120,000-400,000 seniors living in Ontario who have experienced or are experiencing elder abuse. Elder abuse can include: neglect and/or financial, sexual, physical or psychological abuse (or a combination of these offences).
Elder abuse can have a significant impact on the physical and emotional well-being of seniors. Any senior can become a victim of abuse regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, income or education. Abuse can be committed by people the senior knows, and frequently involves family, professional service providers, neighbors, or people the senior trusts. This can cause seniors to be reluctant to report as they fear retaliation, depend on the abuser, and fear the potential loss of independence.
Anyone who sees or suspects abuse can call 911 for assistance, or contact Family Services Windsor-Essex at 1-888-933-1831 or https://fswe.ca/support/elder-abuse/ for information and assistance.
Seniors Coffee/Tea & Flag Raising Ceremony
Friday, June 14, 2019 at Charles Clark Square, Windsor ON
Family Services Windsor-Essex and the Elder Abuse Response Prevention Network hosted the community to
FREE Coffee, Tea & Treats with local seniors as part of our local World Elder Abuse Awareness Day activities.
Thanks to our local Elder Abuse Response Prevention Network partners:
Alzheimer Society of Windsor Essex, Bayshore Home Health Solutions, CANAM, Community Partnership, Elder Abuse Ontario, EMS, Extendicare LTC – Southwood Lakes, Family Services Windsor-Essex, Geriatric Mental Health Outreach Team, HDGH – Gambling / Addictions, Hiatus House, Life After Fifty, Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County, SECC, Victim Services Windsor – Essex, Victim Witness Assistance Program, Windsor Police – Fraud Dept, Windsor Police- Victim Assistance Unit, VON, and Windsor Social Services
For media coverage of the event go to the link at: Windsor Star, Saturday June 15, 2019 and CTV News Friday, June 14, 2019 at 20 minute mark.
Thanks to our Event Sponsors:
For more info on our Elder Abuse Response Service go to: https://fswe.ca/support/elder-abuse/
Need to Talk? We can Help. Call us today at 1-888-933-1831