As we age: Awareness for elder abuse

June 15 marked the 10th anniversary of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

  • Jun. 23, 2015 6:00 p.m.

As part of the province’s efforts to reduce elder abuse, Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors Darryl Plecas announced $2.6 million in funding to the B.C. Association of Community Response Networks.

June 15 marked the 10th anniversary of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – a day to shine a light on abuse that older adults may experience.

Elder abuse is a single or repeated act, or a lack of appropriate action that causes harm or distress to an older person. It often occurs in a situation of trust, for instance by a caregiver or adult child.

The B.C. Association of Community Response Networks supports networks in 55 centres across B.C., with activity in 122 communities,.

The networks are made up of agencies, service providers and citizens who develop a co-ordinated community response to abuse, neglect and self-neglect.

For more information, call 604 -437-1940 in Vancouver.