Dale County DHR strives to stop elder abuse

Jun 16, 2017, 06:00
Dale County DHR strives to stop elder abuse

Kornfeld-Matte, UN Independent Expert on the Human Rights of Older Persons, made the call in her message for the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day observed every year on June 15.

Local seniors advocate Kim Slater, chair of the Vancouver Island Association of Family Councils, said supporters need to do more than just "pay lip service" on the day by considering elder abuse as something larger than Canada Revenue Agency scams.

"Addressing elder abuse is one of my main priorities as Minister for Seniors". Reporting elder abuse is an option but in some cases, Melnyk recommends a more upfront approach.

"The abuse of older people is on the rise; for the 141 million older people worldwide this has serious individual and societal costs", says Alana Officer, Senior Health Adviser, Department of Ageing and Life Course at WHO.

By 2050, the number of people aged 60 and over will double to reach two billion globally, with the vast majority of older people living in low- and middle-income countries, the study says.

"And of that 10,000 in the past year, we had about 91 reported cases of elder abuse", he said.

Athletics great Sir Peter Snell has become a patron of a programme to raise awareness about senior issues including elder abuse.

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It's also important to know what makes a person vulnerable to financial abuse.

Thursday marked World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which aims to start conversations about the vulnerability of the elderly.

Talking about the importance of the research report, Mathew Cherian, CEO of HelpAge India, says, "Elderly abuse is a sensitive topic". Surprisingly, Delhiites who are generally portrayed as rude, are emerged as more caring as only 23 per cent elders said that they face any abuse in public.

From July 1 a new elder abuse response service (EARS) will operate, with a free phone line - 0800 EA NOT OK (0800 32 668 65) - set-up to ensure people can report abuse and get help.

During his remarks, Luzerne County Manager C. David Pedri said the word "respect" kept coming to mind as he thought about older citizens and family members who are close to him. Bengaluru also appears to have the least elderly-friendly roads, with a high of 73% of respondents saying they feel unsafe with the behaviour of motorists. A massive 42 per cent said they avoid stepping out as so much they can. All types of elder abuse can have an impact on the health and wellbeing of the older person. "What that requires is family, friends and neighbours staying connected with seniors and watching over them", Slater said.

"We can talk to our clients about what options they have and that is generally going to the police or a family violence service..."

"Elder abuse is a specific, distinct and deeply disturbing form of abuse".

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