Elder Abuse Awareness

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“Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are” ~  Muhammad Ali

Learn the signs and break the silence

elderElder abuse is any action or inaction by self or others that old-lady-driving-smiley-emoticonjeopardises the health or well-being of any older adult.

Elder abuse can take several forms including financial, emotional, physical, sexual, neglect and medication. Often more than one type of abuse occurs at the same time. The two most frequently identified and reported types of elder abuse in Canada are financial and emotional.

Coordinated Community Response Grant Program

3D_14_iconThe Taking Action Against Elder Abuse Coordinated Community Response Grant Program is a 3-year initiative aimed at supporting the development or enhancement of coordinated community response models.

Stop financial abuse

angry-old-man-smiley-emoticonFinancial abuse is one of the most frequently reported forms of elder abuse in Alberta. To help you learn the signs of financial abuse, how to protect yourself from it, and what steps you can take if you or someone you know is experiencing financial abuse, a PowerPoint presentation is available for you to download to share with others.

Help for victims of crime

The Criminal Code of Canada sets out a variety of criminal offences that can occur in the old-person-helped-to-walk-smiley-emoticoncontext of elder abuse. These include offences such as physical or sexual assault; offences against the rights of property, such as property theft, forgery and extortion; and other offences such as breach of trust and fraud. While no one ever expects to be a victim of crime, it is important to know there is help available to you.

If you have been a victim of crime, your first step is to call the police. They will investigate the crime and refer you to the Victim Services Unit for assistance. Victim Services Units Police-police-officer-uniform-smiley-emoticon-001085-facebookare staffed with trained, caring people who offer information, assistance and support to victims during the police investigation and throughout the criminal justice process.

  • For more information contact your local police, or
  • Call 780-427-3460 (toll-free by first dialing 310-0000), or
  • Visit the Victim Services Unit website at www.victims.alberta.ca

Article by the Alberta Government

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