This is the time of year when so many are thinking about school ending, summer vacations, sunshine, swimming, fun, laughter, family get-togethers, barbecues, camping and being able to enjoy so many outdoor fun activities.
However, there are also a number of people living in fear or embarrassment because they are living in abusive situations. It may not be you but it could be someone you know or love. It could be your child, parent, neighbour, co-worker, friend or sibling. No one is exempt.
Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and the North Okanagan Community Response Network is here to help raise awareness that our ageing population is at risk of abuse, neglect or self-neglect.
The five forms of abuse are categorized as emotional, financial, mental, physical and sexual. The two most common forms of abuse on older adults are financial and emotional.
Throughout the world, abuse and neglect of older persons is largely under-recognized or treated as an unspoken problem. Unfortunately, no community or country in the world is immune. Research indicates that public education campaigns like World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) are vital for informing people in a growing number of countries about elder abuse, and active involvement is key to helping stop the risk.
If you suspect that someone you know is being abused, please do not hesitate to reach out to designated organizations in our community. Your call is confidential and you can remain anonymous. If someone is in immediate danger, please call 911.
For more information on where to get help, or to become part of the NOCRN, please call Kelly Denis, coordinator of the North Okanagan Community response Network, at 250-275-1292.