Saturday, April 18, 2009

Elder Abuse Hotline

With great excitement the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse has helped spread the good news. The Minister announced this last June, 2008. With funding from Ontario's Trillium Foundation, the plan is to have a hotline in place 24/7, in 150 languages. As with all government news, I hope that it proves fruitful.

The problem with Elder Abuse is that some seniors do not know they are being abused, others fear reporting it no matter to whom. Abuse can include physical, social, emotional and financial abuse. Dementia is a totally underdiagosed and underreported issues, often covered up. This means that a senior who is being abused, or neglected, might not recognize the signs. As with all such concerns, friends, family and neighbours must be vigilant.

The Burlington Post posted an article about this - funny there wasn't more fanfare.
The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA) has launched a new free, confidential, province-wide phone service to assist at-risk seniors. The new Seniors Safety Line — 1-866-299-1011

We've been waiting for this for a long time. Halton has had a part-time phone line, staffed with volunteers, up for a year. Good on them!

See also:
Senior‘s face abuse in many forms
Sunday, April 26, 2009

"There are about 2,000 people in Thunder Bay over the age of 55 who are victims of abuse, recent statistics say.
It amounts to five per cent of the one-third of people in Thunder Bay who are in that age bracket, according to the data by the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.

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