Raising awareness of elder abuse is key to prevention.
In advance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Monday, June 15, 2020, the government has provided $1.89 million to help raise awareness of senior abuse.
The funding will also help create educational programs to protect seniors from physical, emotional and financial abuse.
Funding by the Province supports Seniors First BC’s confidential toll-free Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL) that is available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Pacific time) at 604 437-1940, or toll-free at 1 866 437-1940. For any emergencies, call 911.
Elder abuse, including neglect, is defined as a single or repeated act, or a lack of appropriate action, that causes harm or distress to an older person.
Elder abuse can take place in a senior’s home, a care facility or in the community, and often involves a person in a position of trust or a situation of dependency. The abuse can be physical, emotional, verbal, financial, sexual, spiritual or neglectful.
According to statistics from Seniors First BC, approximately 8% of seniors in B.C. experience some form of abuse. However, this may be higher, as older adults are often reluctant to report abuse.
For more information go to https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0184-001061