Members of DRPS joined with agencies from across the region Thursday for the “Grey Areas – Emerging Issues Facing Our Aging Population” workshop held at Tosca Banquet Hall in Whitby.
The event was hosted by the Durham Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee which is co-chaired by DRPS D/Sgt. Phil Lillie. The DRPS Youth Diversion Coordinator Kanika Samuels also sits on the committee.
The event was aimed at giving those in attendance a better understanding of seniors coming into contact with the law, due to mental health and dementia issues. Police, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and social services agencies also gained a better understanding of the growing phenomenon called “hoarding.”
Those in attendance heard presentations from Mike Newell, Crown Attorney, Durham Region; Laura Watts, LLB, Principal, Elder Concepts Former National Director of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law; Jean Byers, MD., FRCPC, DABPN, Psychiatrist Special Services – Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences; and Carol O’Neil, CRTS, CD, HRD and Mark Clarke, CPPA Certified Relocation & Transition Specialists working with seniors.
DRPS is committed to working with local agencies on issues that affect seniors in our communities.
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