My World… Your World… Our World… Free of elder abuse!
Estrie region launches Purple Ribbon Campaign
In 2006, the World Health Organization and the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse – INPEA jointly enacted World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, held annually on June 15. The Table de concertation contre les mauvais traitements faits envers les personnes aînées de l’Estrie is holding its first Purple Ribbon Campaign to highlight this world awareness day.
Five thousand purple ribbons coupled with an information card have been distributed in several areas by local partners throughout the seven territories in the Estrie region (MRCs and city of Sherbrooke) due to financial support from the Agence de santé et de services sociaux de
l’Estrie. Elder abuse exists throughout the world. It is estimated that 4% to 7% of seniors living at home are victims of abuse. In the Estrie region in 2012, this represents between 2216 and 3877 people. Since 80% of cases are never reported, it is difficult to assess the extent of the situation. According to the World Health Organization, 2002: “Elder abuse is when a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurs within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust and which causes harm or distress to an older person.”
“We held a press conference and decided to wear the purple ribbon this year to raise awareness about the problem,” commented Sylvie Gilbert-Fowlis of Lennoxville and District Community Aid. “We must keep bringing awareness to the situation because it goes on all year long,” she added.
According to Claude Quintin, President of the Table de concertation
régionale des ainés de l’Estrie: “Seniors, like us, must be able to age in a respectful and SAFE environment… with services adapted to their needs, be it in their home, in a long-term care facility (CHSLD), or in a seniors’ home. They must be able to QUICKLY find the available resources in case they need them. We must be part of the solution.”
A mini-quiz for seniors to take was circulated as part of the Purple Ribbon campaign. If you can answer “yes” to one or more of the following questions, you may be a victim of abuse: Someone is intruding in the management of my finances; someone is trying to isolate me from others; someone often answers for me; I have to ask permission from my relatives to do anything; I am subjected to someone’s aggressive behaviour; someone is putting me down or insulting me.
Anyone who believes they are being abused or people who are witness to abuse and not sure what to do can either call 1-888-489-ABUS (2287) or check the web site at stop-abus-aines.ca.