World Elder Abuse Awareness Day



    McGuinty Government Working To End Elder Abuse

    TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    June 15 was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and the Province is reminding
Ontarians that the elderly are often targets of mistreatment.

    
    Elder abuse includes:

    -  Paying too much for a service
    -  Being emotionally mistreated or physically neglected or
    -  Suffering a violation of trust.
    

    The Province works year-round with the Ontario Network for the Prevention
of Elder Abuse (http://www.onpea.org/) to detect and respond to cases of elder
abuse, provide services to abused elders and raise awareness of the problem.
    If you have concerns about an elderly person in your life, call the
Seniors Infoline at 1-888-910-1999. This toll free line offers information and
referral service in multiple languages.

    QUOTES

    "Seniors have a right to live their lives safely, and with dignity," said
Aileen Carroll, Ontario Minister Responsible for Seniors. "Whether we're
talking about financial, emotional or physical abuse, it is unacceptable and
our government is working hard to put a stop to it."
    "Elder abuse is far more widespread than people imagine," said Chair of
ONPEA, Lori Flynn. "The best way to fight it is with a comprehensive strategy
that includes support for seniors and public education, and the government of
Ontario should be commended for doing exactly those things."

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -  Today, 1.6 million seniors live in Ontario - 13 per cent of the
       population
    -  The World Health Organization defines elder abuse as "a single or
       repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring in any
       relationship where there is an expectation of trust that causes harm
       or distress to an older person."
    -  It is estimated that between 4 and 10 percent of the province's
       seniors have experienced, or will experience, some form of abuse.

    LEARN MORE

    For information and educational videos on elder abuse, visit
www.ontarioseniors.ca and click on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
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For further information:

For further information: Alicia Johnston, Minister's Office, (416)
325-1676; Dayo Kefentse, Communications Branch, (416) 314-3497

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