June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
The Cranbrook Community Response Network, Safe Communities Cranbrook and The Cranbrook Social Planning Society urges citizens to assist its vulnerable adults by participating in WEAAD (World Elder Abuse Awareness Day), every day.
WEAAD – a UN sanctioned event – brings greater recognition of the senior abuse and neglect, which takes place everywhere.
Elder abuse often goes underreported. The Ministry of Health reports as many as 10% of B.C. seniors will experience some form of abuse in their later years. One in 12 seniors will experience financial abuse caused by close family members or trusted friends.
In Cranbrook, the Seniors in Partnership (SIP) committee, made up of various members from social, community and health service organizations, government agencies, community minded individuals, and seniors have come together to form a Community Response Network.
The CRN is equipped to provide workshops and resources to the community to build awareness of abuse, neglect and self-neglect. They can help community workers recognize the signs of abuse and identify where the resources can be found in the community.
Doug Newberry, BCCRNs Mentor for the East Kootenay says: “The Cranbrook CRN plans to highlight the need for prevention activities that allow seniors in the community to live in safety and dignity. The Cranbrook CRN plans to honour and celebrate those who remain active and vibrant members of our community.”
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