November 14-18 is recognized as Bullying Awareness Week in Alberta. We want to take this opportunity to raise awareness of Elder Abuse.
What is Elder Abuse?
As stated by World Health Organization:
Elder abuse is 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.
As stated by Alberta Health:
Elder abuse is any action or inaction by self or others that jeopardizes the health or well-being of any older adult. Elder abuse can take several forms including financial, emotional, physical, sexual, neglect and medication. Often more than one type of abuse occurs at the same time. The two most frequently identified and reported types of elder abuse in Canada are financial and emotional.
It’s estimated that nearly 1 in 10 Alberta Seniors’ may be victims of some form of elder abuse.
Using our “Recognizing Abuse” toolkit, learn more about the common types of abuse, possible warning signs that someone is being abused, how to report and where to get help: https://acaging.ca/programs/
Signs of Elder Abuse:
- Depression or anxiety
- Changes in hygiene
- Seeming fearful around certain people
- Unexplained injuries
- Fear or worry when talking about money
If you are concerned about abuse, please call the Family Violence Information Line at 310-1818.
The Government of Alberta provides a comprehensive list of Helplines and Supports for elder abuse. Access them here, by scrolling down to “Helplines and supports” and expanding the options listed.
If you think you are being abused, in addition to reporting the abuse, please also remember:
- Do not blame yourself
- Document the situation
- You are worthy of respect
Visit the Government of Alberta’s page dedicated to providing education and resources regarding elder abuse: https://www.alberta.ca/get-help-elder-abuse.aspx