Community invited to learn more about elder abuse

  • Jun. 5, 2011 3:00 p.m.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is an opportunity to share information on the links and many facets of abuse and neglect in later life, as a family violence problem, an intergenerational concern, as well as a health, justice, and human rights issue.

It is also a chance to speak with one voice on this important matter. It is an opportunity to join together and recognize the many local and regional efforts to address the problem.

The North Okanagan Community Response Network (NOCRN) is hosting a Food Fun and Information Day at the Schubert Centre June 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be guest speakers from organizations including, Community Safe Policing, Public Guardian and Trustees Office, People in Need Crisis Intervention Society, Seniors Information Resource Bureau, Vernon Women’s Transition House, and financial advisors. There will be also be exhibitors from Home for Dinner, Epicure, Tai Chi, Body-Wize, Old Age Pensioners Association and others.

My World….Your World….Our World…..Free of Elder Abuse is 2011’s international slogan for this year’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).

Join the NOCRN at the Schubert Centre to hear valuable information, enter free draws and have some fun. Everyone is welcome to attend.

CRNs around the province are reaching out to their communities to establish a network of people and community agencies to provide help for adults experiencing or at risk of experiencing abuse, neglect and self-neglect. Working together as a CRN, people and their communities are raising awareness and looking at ways to stop adult abuse.

For more information or if you suspect someone you know is being abused, neglected, or neglecting themselves, contact  Kelly Denis at 250-275-1292.

Kelly Denis is coordinator of the North Okanagan Community Response Network.