TORONTO, June 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Older people with disabilities and people
who are deaf will benefit from increased access to supports and
services aimed at preventing elder abuse through the New Horizons for
Seniors Program (NHSP).
"Our government continues to combat the very serious issue of elder
abuse in all its forms," underlined the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister
of State for Seniors, to mark the upcoming World Elder Abuse Awareness
Day (WEAAD) on June 15. "By supporting elder abuse prevention
activities, our government is helping protect the well-being and
security of Canadian seniors."
Minister of State Wong added that the Government of Canada recognizes
the great work done by groups across Canada to raise awareness of elder
abuse and help seniors protect themselves from its many forms,
including financial abuse.
As part of these efforts, the Canadian Association for Community Living
(CACL) has received $600,000 in funding for its NHSP project. This will
help the CACL develop community responses across Canada related to the
abuse of older people with disabilities and people who are deaf. The
project engages communities to develop tools, resources and best
practices on awareness and prevention of elder abuse. As well, older
individuals with disabilities and their families will develop
individual safety plans to support them in their communities.
"Through this funding, the Disabled Women's Network Canada and the
Canadian Association for Community Living, and many other provincial,
territorial and local partners, are working together to improve
communities across the country," said Bonnie Brayton, National
Executive Director, Disabled Women 's Network.
"The NHSP is an exceptional example of how a focused funding strategy
can result in change in attitude, approach and a real change in
communities," added Laurie Larson, President, Canadian Association for
Community Living. "Local citizens are being given the opportunity to
learn about and prevent the abuse of older people with disabilities and
people who are deaf."
This project is one of 33 pan-Canadian initiatives collectively
receiving over $14 million in NHSP funding.
Through Economic Action Plan 2013 the Government proposes to better
safeguard the well-being of seniors. The Government also continues to
ensure that Canadians are informed about the signs and symptoms of
Visit seniors.gc.ca for information on the signs and symptoms of elder abuse, as well as
resources for preventative action.
New Horizons for Seniors Program
The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and
contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors
who make a difference in the lives of others and their communities, and
supports the Government of Canada's commitment to ensure the well-being
of Canadian seniors and ending elder abuse in all its forms. Through
the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their
knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others. Since its
beginning, the NHSP has funded more than 12 200 projects in more than
1000 communities across Canada.
Pan-Canadian projects focus on developing or identifying tools,
resources and promising practices that can be adapted and shared across
communities, regions or Canada to address elder abuse. This funding can
enable community members to better recognize elder abuse in all its
forms and to improve the quality of life, safety and security of
seniors. Eligible pan-Canadian grant or contribution projects must have
a broad reach and impact. They are eligible for up to $250,000 in
funding per year, for up to three years.
Other Actions Taken by the Government of Canada to Combat Elder Abuse
In 2008, the Government launched the Federal Elder Abuse Initiative
(FEAI), a multi-departmental, three-year initiative to help seniors and
others recognize the signs and symptoms of elder abuse and to provide
information on available supports. This initiative successfully
concluded in 2011.
Building on the momentum created by the FEAI, the Government continues
to address elder abuse through awareness campaigns that aim to help
Canadians recognize the signs of elder abuse and give them information
on available resources and supports.
In addition, the Government is addressing elder abuse through recently
introduced legislation that will help ensure consistently tough
penalties for offences involving the abuse of elderly persons.
For more information on the NHSP, visit seniors.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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