Monday, June 15, 2020
This Monday, June 15, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This day reminds us that by acting together we can prevent and overcome all types of elder abuse.
“Mistreatment is a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older adult, whether the person deliberately wants to cause harm or not.” Source: Governmental Action plan to Counter Mistreatment of Older Adults 2017-2022.
Elder Mistreatment Helpline
The Elder Mistreatment Helpline is a listening and referral phone service specializing in older adults’ mistreatment. The service is free and confidential. Seniors, caregivers, relatives and health practitioners can call the helpline at 1-888-489-ABUS (2287), 7 days a week, from 8 am to 8 pm for information and support, or just to talk, They can also get referrals to appropriate resources in their region.
There are also other confidential resources in Montréal that provide information and psychological support, and can help people deal with medical or legal procedures.
Usually, the public is invited to wear a purple ribbon, official symbol of this day. In order to respect social distancing, purple ribbons will not be distributed this year. However, you will be able to find the Elder Mistreatment Helpline pamphlet online. It is also available in several languages.
If you are facing a situation of elder abuse, do not hesitate to contact the Elder Mistreatment Helpline.
- Infolettre spéciale de la Table de concertation des aînés de l'Île de Montréal (in French)
- Elder Mistreatment Helpline
- Support and services - Elderly Abuse and Neglect