The Lethbridge Regional Police Service and Lethbridge Elder Abuse Response Network (LEARN) are hosting two community events to recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
The intention of the Elder Abuse Awareness Day is to provide education and awareness about the mistreatment of older adults and the need for community action.
LEARN partners will be hosting a community BBQ and information event on Friday, June 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization. Hotdogs, chips and pop will be sold for $3. All proceeds will assist with funding the annual Lethbridge Seniors Safety Calendar.
LEARN members will also be participating in the Nord-Bridge annual Father’s Day Luncheon and Pie Auction on Friday, June 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Nord-Bridge Senior’s Centre. Information on elder abuse will be provided. Tickets to the luncheon are $10 with proceeds to outreach.
Purple is the official colour of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15) and LEARN partners are encouraging everyone to wear purple on June 15 in recognition of the day.
Elder abuse is any action or inaction by self or others that jeopardizes the health or well-being of an older adult. It occurs within relationships with the older adult where there is an expectation of trust. There are many forms of abuse including financial, physical, sexual, psychological and medical abuse as well as neglect or violation of rights. Abusers can include family, friends or people who provide support.
Lethbridge is not immune to elder abuse, but there is a strong network of support available. LEARN is increasing awareness to help citizens understand more about elder abuse and the resources available in the community. Community members can learn to recognize the possible signs of abuse and offer support to the older person. They can act by reporting their concerns to the LEARN Coordinator at 403-394-0306. Anonymous referrals are accepted.
More information on elder abuse can be found at www.albertaelderabuse.ca
For media inquiries contact
Lethbridge Elder Abuse Response Coordinator
Sgt. Dan Walton
Community Resource Unit
Lethbridge Regional Police Service