June marks Senior's Month across Ontario and DRPS will be participating in several community events and providing information about senior safety.
As our community ages it's important to highlight some of the issues facing seniors, including elder abuse. Elder abuse is a major concern that manifests in four ways: physical, emotional, financial and sexual. An abuser could be a friend, family member or service worker, who will often isolate the elder from any other kind of support.
Financial abuse is the most common form of elder abuse. Warning signs may include the elder's home being sold unexpectedly, large amounts of money being transferred from their bank account and the misplacement of small, valuable items like jewelry. Physical abuse can be spotted by unexplained and/or frequent injuries. Emotional abuse can include yelling, ignoring the person, scolding, shouting, insulting, threatening, humiliation, isolation and control, which can result in the elder having low-self-esteem and becoming fearful. Types of sexual abuse include rape and sexual harassment.
For senior safety tips please visit the Senior Safety Tips area of our website.
Our members will be taking part in some of the following events over the next few weeks:
*On June 3 at members will be at Memorial Park as part of the Swing into Summer Event hosted by the Oshawa Seniors Centres. It takes place from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
*On June 13 Abby Lawn Retirement home in Pickering is hosting its annual Rock of Ages fundraising event with all money raised going to the Durham Elder Abuse Network. It is from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
*June 15 is world elder abuse awareness day. To mark that day the CN Tower will be lit up in purple!
*On June 17 an elder abuse forum will be held at the Whitby Library 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., hosted by the Ethno Cultural diversity Advisory Committee
Elder Abuse Ontario is also hosting a "selfie" with a senior campaign that will be taking place for the month of June. Check it out on Twitter @ElderAbuseOnt #selfiewithaseniorchallenge.
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