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Elder Abuse Awareness

The United Nations defines “Elder Abuse” 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 can take various forms such as physical, psychological or emotional, sexual and financial abuse. It can also be the result of intentional or unintentional neglect.  Definition from the United Nations

Who to call:

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, dial 9-1-1

The non-emergency number for the RCMP is 604 792 4611.  If you suspect abuse but aren’t sure, please do not hesitate to contact the non-emergency number for the police.  They can provide additional information and help.

 

Helpful Links:

Municipal

Fraser Health Adult Abuse and Neglect

Chilliwack Community Services Specialized Victim Assistance

City of Chilliwack Seniors' Resources

Chilliwack & District Seniors' Resources Society

Provincial

Protection from Elder Abuse and Neglect

B.C.’s Strategy to Reduce Elder Abuse

Seniors' First

BC Association of Community Response Networks

Signs:

May include any of the following behaviours:

· sudden changes in will, or unusual bank withdrawals

· rarely seen in the neighbourhood or changes in regular social activity

· appears to be frightened of certain family members, friends or caregivers

· appears to be frightened if a family member moves in

· appears to have frequent or unexplained injuries

· has signs of declining health, grooming or physical appearance

· suffers from depression, withdrawal or fear

· a disclosure (believe it if someone tells you they are being abused)

· hearing aids, proper clothing and the like.

Risk factors:

· isolation – physical, social or cultural

· history of domestic violence

· shared living situations

· dependency on another adult (for shelter or financial help)

· addiction issues

· depression or other mental health issues

· cognitive impairment

 


Funding for this project was provided by the “New Horizons” Program, Employment and Social Development Canada. We are grateful for their support.