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  Raising Awareness About Elder Abuse

Jun 15, 2010 14:17 ET

The DRPS is pleased to partner with the Durham Region Social Services Department and the Durham Elder Abuse Network (DEAN) to recognize the 5th Annual Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15th.

Deputy Chief Scott Burns joined Commissioner of Social Services Dr. Hugh Drouin at an educational forum called “Dignity and Respect and Nothing Less” held at Hillsdale Terraces, a long-term care home in Oshawa. Service providers, who work with seniors, and seniors in the community interested in learning more about elder abuse attended the event.

Sgt. John Keating, Senior Support Co-ordinator from DRPS talked about the many forms of abuse, from emotional and physical to financial. Many in attendance were surprised to hear that 80 per cent of abuse is financial and the elderly person is most likely to be taken advantage of by an immediate family member or a unrelated caregiver. A recent survey revealed as many as one in four seniors receive some form of abuse in our society.

Service providers and seniors had the opportunity to learn more about the effects of elder abuse, signs of neglect and abuse, prevention methods, support services, and much more. The importance of awareness, education, empowerment of seniors, as well as intergenerational relationships, was emphasized.

To learn more about elder abuse, please visit

Below are attached files.
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Deputy Chief Burns Speaks at Forum (JPG file, 199.8K bytes)
Sgt. Keating Chats with a Senior (JPG file, 143.5K bytes)
Deputy Chief Burns Chats with Elderly Couple (JPG file, 178.0K bytes)