Posted On Tuesday May 14, 2019

This month, our Tri-Region community is raising Elder Abuse awareness and promoting respect for elders though a local campaign called #smilewithasenior. From May 14 through June 14, 2019, people are being asked to share smiles with a senior on their social media #smilewithasenior.

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness day. Come out to a local farmers market: June 6 in Carvel and June 15 in Spruce Grove and Stony Plain, for a free coffee and information about elder abuse and what our community is doing about reducing and preventing it.

Seven per cent of elders report that they have been abused. In our Tri-Region area, this translates to over 750 seniors. Sadly, the number of seniors actually experiencing abuse could be much higher.

What is Elder Abuse?

Elder abuse is any action or inaction by those in a trusting relationship that jeopardizes the health or well-being of an older adult and could include: financial, emotional, physical, sexual, neglect, or medical abuse.

Elder abuse often affects the elder’s essential needs including food, shelter, security and access to health care. Causes of elder abuse could include: ageism, caregiver stress, isolation, poverty, or cultural/social factors.

If you are being abused you should:

  • Ensure your personal safety (Call 911 if needed)
  • Confide in someone you trust (Call Family Violence Info line at 310-1818)
  • Keep a record
  • Take legal action
  • Don’t blame yourself

Elder Abuse is a complicated situation that requires wrap-around services. Contact your local Family and Community Support Services office or your family doctor for support.

This project is a community partnership between Stony Plain FCSS, Spruce Grove FCSS, Stony Plain Public Library, Spruce Grove Public Library, Parkland County Libraries and Stony Plain Servus Credit Union.

For more information on any of the awareness events planned for this June, contact Margaret Gosselin, Community Development Coordinator, Stony Plain FCSS at 780-963-8583 E: mgosselin@stonyplain.com.