World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was on June 15. Minister of Health Terry Lake had the following to say: Every senior deserves to age with dignity and to feel appreciated and respected in their communities. Elder abuse is everyones business, and British Columbians must be informed about how they can take action to prevent and reduce elder abuse in our society. Elder abuse can take various forms including physical, emotional, financial and sexual, and is often under-reported and very difficult to detect, he said.
He went on and said: We know that achieving our ultimate goal of reducing the incidence of elder abuse in our communities requires a foundation of strong collaboration and co-ordination. As part of our Families Agenda, we have developed polices that ensure families are protected and feel safe. Together to Reduce Elder Abuse B.C.s Strategy works at ensuring seniors, their families and their caregivers have access to information, networks and tools to better recognize, address and respond to abuse.
This strategy is one of the key deliverables in our seniors action plan. For more information on the seniors action plan and the strategy to reduce elder abuse visit: www.seniorsbc.ca.
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