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!
| Senior‘s face abuse in many forms |
By THE CHRONICLE-JOURNAL
Sunday, April 26, 2009
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."