Elder abuse focus of event

Local agencies are hosting the fair in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.


Special to The Morning Star

Violence against seniors is a topic we hear about from time to time, but as a community do we really understand how prevalent it is?

A Statistics Canada survey done in 2010 of 5,000 Canadians (35 per cent of which were over 65) observed that 22 per cent of people felt that they knew seniors that were being abused; 96 per cent believed that abuse and neglect was kept secret; and 90 per cent thought that abuse and neglect got worse as a person aged.

As a member of the mature population, do we know how to protect ourselves from becoming victims?

How do you know when you are being taken advantage of?

What are the signs of neglect or abuse?

How do you protect yourself from becoming a growing statistic?

With the elder population increasing,  the subject and the consequences of ignoring the growing concern of elder abuse, and strategies to avoid being a victim, is the central theme behind Elder Education Awareness Fair Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Schubert Centre.

Vernon Community Policing, Nexus BC – Seniors Services and the North Okanagan Community Response Network is hosting the fair in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

The Elder Education Awareness fair is meant to provide participants with information related to safety, preparedness and personal well-being.

Information tables, workshops, and mini-presentations assure that there will be plenty to see and learn.

Feature presentations are planning For incapacity and beyond and estate planning with lawyer Tom Christensen, and medications review by Nolan’s Pharmasave.

It’s a free event with refreshments, lunch and door prizes.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is a United Nations event which was developed and launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA).

WEAAD activities are intended to bring greater recognition of abuse and neglect of older adults in B.C. or wherever they live, and to highlight the need for prevention and community involvement in a response to the issue.

We work to give abuse and neglect of seniors a relevance that will sustain and move prevention efforts forward throughout the year and for years to come.

Please pre-register for Elder Education Awareness Day by calling the Vernon Community Policing Office at 250-550-7840.

Rachael Zubick is the co-ordinator for Vernon Community Policing