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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

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