EASTERN COUNTIES & AKWESASNE, Ontario – On Oct. 1, in honour of National Seniors Day, The Community Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse for the Eastern Counties and Akwasasne and its community partners will be recognizing that not all seniors are in the best of circumstances.
In Canada alone in 2019, 695,248 Canadian seniors have experienced some form of physical, sexual, psychological, or financial abuse resulting in distress, impairment, or bodily injury. Therefore, it is imperative within our local community that we educate ourselves of the universal warning signs and the associated risk factors pertaining to elder abuse.
The Community Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse for the Eastern Counties and Akwasasne and its partners look to the community every day, but especially on National Seniors Day, to consider the signs and the impact of elder abuse. The Network is a long standing, well established, local non-profit network that encompasses a full continuum of services dedicated to the social identification, community education, and prevention of elder abuse.
“Our seniors deserve so much of our respect and in their later years can, too often, become victims of abuse. Ending elder abuse is in all of our hands, and we are proud to be part of the efforts to keep our seniors safe,” says Tanya Mayich, the Community Network Chair of the program. The network is comprised of volunteer board members in the areas of criminal justice, social assistance, community outreach, healthcare, and mental health agencies all within our local community.
Seniors have the right to live free from abuse and you can make a difference, if you know a senior experiencing any type of abuse, if you need support, or have any questions or need further information contact the chair of The Community Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse for the Eastern Counties and Akwasasne at 613 932-3451 ext. 4244.