On June 15, let’s all proudly wear a purple ribbon in support of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Established in 2006 by the International Elder Abuse Prevention Network, this initiative aims to raise public awareness. Elder abuse is an unacceptable taboo that we should condemn as a society.
It is estimated that, in Quebec, between 4 and 7% of elders, close to 105 000 seniors, have suffered some form of abuse at home. This phenomenon is often kept secret both by the victims and witnesses for fear of reprisals, denial, cognitive problems, or feelings of guilt and helplessness. Breaking the silence is the key to quick intervention and prevention, and to reducing the distress suffered by the victims. Moreover, a new Quebec-wide policy framework was recently adopted to support our fight against elder abuse.
A free web conference entitled The impact of ageism on the place given to older adults in decision making in a context of health care and social services, will be held June 15, from noon to 1 pm. The conference is hosted by the Centre for Research and Expertise in Social Gerontology. Click here to register.
For more information concerning elder abuse, consult this section.