World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15

Rights Don’t Get Old

June 15 Wear purple and stand up for the human rights of older adults!

MAPLE RIDGE:  Elder Abuse is a big concern across the globe. Enough that in 2006 The United Nations General Assembly designated June 15of every year as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).

In its declaration, The United Nations stated that this important day “represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted on some of our older generations.”

Your local Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Katzie, Community Response Network (CRN) along with its host agency, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, and Katzie, Seniors Network bring community stakeholders together to offer education and raise awareness about the supports available to older adults who may be experiencing abuse in any form.

If you or someone you know is faced with an abusive situation – help is available!  With complete confidentiality you can contact Fraser Health at: 1-877-REACT-08 (1-877-732-2808) or email: react@fraserhealth.ca

You can also call the Seniors First BC, Seniors Abuse and Information Line, (604) 437-1940, Mon. to Fri., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., except for statutory holidays. TTY Teletype:Phone: 604-428-3359. Language interpretation services are available.

Elder abuse is more prevalent in society than one might expect. Approximately 10 percent of all senior adults will experience some form of abuse. Elder abuse can be financial, physical, emotional or sexual. It is believed that abuse of seniors is significantly under reported. Typically, many will suffer in silence, in fear or in shame.

Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Katzie, Community Response Network Marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Social Isolation has been identified as a key risk factor contributing to elder abuse andneglect. With this unprecedented time of social isolation and stresses in our world right now with COVID-19, abuse incidents are up, transition house and shelter usage are up, crisis line calls are up, and domestic violence is up. Together as individuals and as a community we can make a difference.

The international symbol for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is the Iris with its beautiful purple colour. People are urged to wear purple on June 15 as a way of acknowledging their support. The City of Maple Ridge will shine a light on this significant issue by washing City Hall in purple light and the City of Pitt Meadows will be displaying WEAAD posters on its digital reader board signs. At this time, more than ever, we all need to help keep our elders and community members safe and treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

For more information about the work of the Community Response Network and Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Katzie, Seniors Network, call (604) 786-7404, email: seniorsnetworkmpk@gmail.com or visit: www.seniors-network.ca

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For more information, media only, please contact Judith Macrae, Chair of the Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Katzie, Community Response Network at (604) 463-9860 or email: judithlmacrae@gmail.com