June 15 was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
2021-06-24 07:43 PDT
As Kamloops residents spend more time outside, police are reminding the public of how important it may be to check in with seniors trying to stay safe inside.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was Tuesday June 15, and served as a good reminder of some of the less obvious threats seniors may face, including physical and mental harm, neglect, fraud, and theft.
As public health orders begin to rescind it offers a good opportunity to check in with the elders in your life, either in your family or in your neighbourhood, while still being mindful of safety guidelines in place to reduce the spread of Covid-19, said Corporal Dana Napier of the Crime Prevention Unit.
Elder abuse can lead to long-term health problems, including heart attack, anxiety, depression, and isolation. Signs to watch for include a sudden change in behaviour or appearance, physical injuries, or changes in financial resources.
If you’re responsible for assisting with your elder’s finances, it’s a good idea to watch for large or unusual purchases and money withdrawals, said Cpl. Napier.
There are numerous scams designed to take advantage of seniors, including the grandparent/emergency scam in which a fraudster pretends to be a loved one in need of emergency funds; romance, extortion, investment, and medical scams.
In some cases, these scams may request payment in the form of gift or Itune cards. If you work in retail, don’t be afraid to ask some questions if a senior is purchasing a large number of gift certificates or Itune cards, and have a discussion about fraud scams circulating.
More information on signs, facts, and resources to prevent elder abuse can be found at: https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/relationship-violence/senior-safety.
If you are or suspect someone is experiencing elder abuse, please contact the Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL) at 1-866-437-1940 or 604-437-1940. In the case of emergency, call 911.
Elder abuse can take many forms:
- Neglect (by others).
- Physical abuse.
- Sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.
- Psychological and emotional abuse.
- Financial exploitation (stealing or misusing an elderly person's money or possessions).
- Institutional abuse (overcrowded, substandard and/or unsanitary living environments).
- Violation of rights (restricting liberty and privacy).
- Spiritual abuse (restricted or denied religious and spiritual practices, customs or traditions).
Indicators of elder abuse
While one sign does not necessarily indicate abuse, some tell-tale signs there could be a problem are:
- A sudden change in behavior or appearance.
- Unexplained injuries.
- Unexplained changes in financial situation.
- Conflicts between elder and caregiver.
- Lack of basic care (like a clean environment and cleanliness).
Cst. Crystal EvelynMedia Relations Officer
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