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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Creating Awareness

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15th, but we feel every day should be a day where we take the time to notice and respond to any signs of abuse.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Senior Care
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Senior Care

It takes a Village. We all have a role to play in protecting our elderly and recognizing the signs of Elder Abuse in our communities. Help raise awareness and advocate for others by educating yourselves on the different types of Elder Abuse.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15th, but we feel every day should be a day where we take the time to notice and respond to any signs of abuse. No one should have to live their life day in and day out with abuse looming with no hope and no end in sight. Together we can all help prevent and advocate against the different types of elder abuse. Serving Hands Senior Care takes protecting and advocating for our elderly seriously, and we know the different types of abuse elderly Albertans suffer from and the indicators you need to be aware of. If you have any suspicions that a loved one, or an elderly neighbour, or someone you may have heard about in passing, or encountered, please contact Alberta Government Family Violence Info Line: Toll-free at 310-1818

Abuse is not a one-size-fits-all, and there are so many variables to be educated on. At Serving Hands Senior Care we wanted to really dive deep and educate ourselves, so we began our research and wanted to share it with all of you to truly raise awareness of how impactful the issue of elder abuse is on our communities, taking a collective approach in advocacy and protection.

We visited our local government website in pursuit of statistics and facts to share. The Government of Alberta, revised the definition of elder abuse to include ‘any intentional or reckless act or wilful and negligent disregard, occurring within a relationship of family, trust, or dependency, directed at someone 65 years of age or older, that:

  • causes physical, emotional or psychological harm
  • involves the misappropriation or misuse of money or other personal possessions or personal or real property
  • subjects an individual to non-consensual sexual contact, activity or behaviour
  • fails to provide the necessities of life

Other Common Factors:

  • Elder abuse is often committed by someone known to the victim who is in a position of power, trust or authority. Approximately 25% of crimes against seniors are committed by family members, usually a spouse or adult child.
  • Elder abuse is often impacted by the mental and physical conditions of both the abuser and the victim.
  • Social isolation is one of several risk factors in elder abuse situations.

Serving Hands Senior Care provides care services for our elderly daily. Whether in need of a weekly wellness check or a more robust schedule. We assist with the daily needs of our elderly from providing healthy meals, companionship, and conversation to personal care for as little as 3 hours each time we visit, and up to 24 hours a day for those who have more complex needs. Serving Hands Senior Care, “Caring for your loved ones as we would our own” as it is our duty to take care of our elderly, as they took care of us not so long ago.


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