Saturday, June 15, 2019
This Saturday, 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. The public is invited to wear a purple ribbon, official symbol of this day.
“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 (Ligne Aide Abus Aînés) 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.