OPP are saying that Elder Abuse is a serious and growing problem.
The force is marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15th. They say that it is estimated that 6%-10% of seniors over the age of 65 are abused in Ontario. OPP says that abuse can mean violence, mistreatment or neglect that seniors experience from spouses, family members, service providers and caregivers. They say that this can occur in caregiver homes, long term care homes, hospitals, or even in their own residences.
OPP says that they are focusing on raising awareness this year. They ask the public to plant a tree or flower to honour those who are affected by elder abuse, and post it online with the hashtag #UprootElderAbuse. OPP says that content will be shared on their social media as well. Through awareness, the force hopes to put an end to the physical, emotional and even financial abuse of seniors.
They say that if any elder you know has been or is experiencing abuse, call OPP non-emergency lines. They also say the 211Ontario can help navigate those who wish to look for social services simply by calling 2-1-1. You can also visit the Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario Website or the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.