Ontario Marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day



    McGuinty Government Initiatives Help Address And Prevent Elder Abuse

    TORONTO, June 14 /CNW/ - Ontario is at the forefront of the battle to
address and prevent elder abuse, said Minister Responsible for Seniors Jim
Bradley today on the eve of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
    "Our government is committed to improving the quality of life for
seniors," said Bradley. "By marking this day and implementing key initiatives
to address elder abuse, we are helping Ontario seniors to live safely and with
dignity."
    Between 64,000 to 160,000 of Ontario's 1.6 million seniors have
experienced, or will experience, some form of financial, emotional or physical
abuse.
    That's why the government has an Elder Abuse Strategy, the first of its
kind in Canada, which focuses on three priorities:

    
    -   Co-ordination of community services
    -   Training for front-line staff
    -   Raising public awareness about this important issue.
    

    As part of the strategy, the government recently announced $1.65 million
in new funding over the next two years to support the Ontario Network for the
Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA) its regional elder abuse consultants for
another two years. The consultants have helped support more than 50 elder
abuse networks or coordinating committees across the province.
    "I'd like to congratulate the government of Ontario for all it's done to
increase awareness of elder abuse," said Chair of ONPEA Bill Ryan. "Together,
ONPEA and the government have launched a number of effective initiatives, such
as public service announcements, workshops and conferences, to help educate
the public and senior service providers on elder abuse in our communities."
    Working together, Ontarians have achieved results in improving the
quality of life for our seniors. Other McGuinty government initiatives to
support seniors include:

    
    -   Giving Ontarians the freedom to choose to retire or not at the age of
        65, by eliminating mandatory retirement
    -   Providing $100,000 to the Older Persons Mental Health and Addiction
        Network to increase awareness of the issues facing older persons
        living with mental illness and addictions
    -   Investing an additional $104.7 million in funding for home care
        services, bringing the total funding for home care to $1.54 billion
        for this year
    -   Helping reduce wait times for knee and hip joint replacements,
        cardiac care, MRI and CT scans, and cataract and cancer surgeries.

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For further information:

For further information: David Oved, Minister's Office, (416) 314-1400;
Sandra Nicholson, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7242

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