MARKHAM, ON, June 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Don Meredith, Senator,
on behalf of the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors),
today attended a Social Services Network event celebrating South Asian
seniors in Markham, where he highlighted government action to address
"Our government continues to combat the very serious issue of elder
abuse in all its forms," said Senator Meredith. "By supporting elder
abuse prevention activities, the Government of Canada is helping to
safeguard the well-being and security of Canadian seniors."
The Senator praised members of the Social Services Network for their
work in raising awareness of elder abuse and helping seniors to protect
themselves from all forms of abuse. He also emphasized the importance
of working together to continue to meet the needs of seniors across
Each year, on June 15, the Government marks World Elder Abuse Awareness
Day to ensure that Canadians are informed about the signs and symptoms
of elder abuse through various initiatives. Economic Action Plan 2013
also proposes measures to better safeguard the well-being of seniors in
a variety of areas, including financial services, financial literacy
Call 1 800 O-Canada or visit seniors.gc.ca for information on the signs
and symptoms of elder abuse, as well as resources for preventative
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
1 000 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, call 1 800 O-Canada or visit
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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