June is Senior's Month, an annual celebration across Ontario that DRPS will once again be participating in, by attending community events and educating the public about senior safety.
Preventing crime and maintaining safe communities are important for everyone, but it is especially important for seniors, as they are often targets of abuse, fraud and theft. DRPS encourages the community to learn about these issues so that we can all help keep our communities safe.
Elder abuse is more common than you may think, and manifests itself in four ways: physical, emotional, financial and sexual. Often times, the abuser is a friend, family members or service worker who isolates the elder from any kind of support. The most common form of elder abuse, financial abuse, results in the misuse of the elder's money. Signs can include: property being sold unexpectedly, large sums of money being taken from a bank account, and unexplained debt. Physical abuse can be spotted through various unexplained and/or frequent injuries.
Internet and door-to-door scams are becoming frequent, with many of them targeting seniors. For instance, home improvement contractors have convinced citizens to provide down payments for repair work, and when the payment is received, never show up to complete the work. Internet scams include sending emails to elders, claiming to be relatives in an emergency situation, requesting money be sent overseas. Seniors are often targeted as they can feel intimidated or unaware of their other options.
Safety at Home
Maintaining independence is important for many seniors, with 92 per cent of seniors living in their own homes. It is important to keep a safe home, and DRPS would like to offer the following safety tips:
- Remove area rugs and other clutter that can become tripping hazards
- Make sure all areas of the home, both internal and external, have appropriate lighting
- Make sure handrails are properly secured and use anti-slip flooring in tubs and showers
- Consider a lifeline system in case in emergency
For more information on the above, visit the Senior Safety Tips area of our website.here
Additionally, DRPS officers will be celebrating Senior's Month at the following events:
*On June 1, members will be at Memorial Park as part of the Swing into Summer Event hosted by the Oshawa Senior Citizens Centre. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
*On June 11 Abbey 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 (DEAN). It is from 10:30 a.m. to3:30 p.m.
*June 15 is world elder abuse awareness day. To mark the day, DRPS and DEAN will be presenting a free 2017 Seniors Safety Calendar, available for pick-up at the local police stations, Brock Community Health Centre, Oshawa Senior Citizens Centre, Whitby Senior Citizens Centre, Clarington Older Adult Association in Bowmanville and South Pickering Senior Citizens Club.
Sgt. Sheri Tate will also be filming a segment for her show, Seniors Talk with Sgt. Sheri, at Memorial Park this week. Every week, Sgt. Sheri speaks with seniors and offers advice on a variety of safety and legal issues, like living alone, wills and estates. New episodes air every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m on Rogers Television., with reruns airing throughout the week. You can hear all about Senior's Month on Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30 a.m.
For more information, contact Senior Support Coordinator, Sgt. Sheri Tate at email@example.com.
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