As part of Senior's Month, DRPS will be celebrating World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), which takes place annually on June 15. Preventing crime and maintaining safe communities is important for everyone, but it is especially important that we protect our seniors, as they are often targets of abuse, fraud and theft.
The purpose of this annual day is to get community members involved in promoting a better understanding of abuse and neglect by raising awareness. Elder abuse is more common than you think and is often referred to as 'the hidden crime'. Our members would like to acknowledge its significance and educate the community on how to spot it and prevent it. Elder abuse occurs when someone in a trusted relationship with an elder, usually a friend, family member, or service worker, does something that causes harm to that elder. Abuse can be physical, psychological, sexual or financial and is not always easily recognized.
In order to educate elders and their family members, DRPS, in partnership with the McLaughlin Library and the fraud team at National Money Mart, will be teaching the community about elder abuse and preventing power-of-attorney fraud, door-to-door scams and phone scams.
This free event will be taking place on June 15, 2016 from 10 - 11 a.m. at the McLaughlin Library Auditorium. For more information and to register for the event, click here.
For more tips on the different forms of elder abuse and how to spot them, click here.
An officer teaches a senior about elder abuse. (JPG file, 606.9K bytes)