World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
The Purple Ribbon Campaign is highlighted throughout the Estrie region
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, in cooperation with local roundtables on the elderly, is holding its second Purple Ribbon Campaign to highlight this world awareness day.
Ten thousand purple ribbons coupled with an information card will be distributed across the Estrie region with the financial support of the Agence de santé et de services sociaux de l’Estrie and the Desjardins Group - Cantons-de-l’Est. Wearing the ribbon seeks to encourage discussions on the presence of abuse too often experienced by the elderly. The information card features a mini quiz that illustrates various types of psychological and financial abuse, as well as negligence. It provides contact information for local and regional resources, as well as the Elder Abuse telephone help line.
The purple ribbons will be distributed in the following nearby locations: Stanstead, CAB Rediker, Familiprix Pharmacy, and Caisse Desjardins; Mansonville CAB; Sherbrooke, June 14th, 1:00 to 3:30 pm, Jacques Cartier Park; and at the Coaticook CAB.
The Table de Concertation hopes that this activity will spread the message that no one is safe and that we must work together to stop abuse. The first step is to speak out! Abuse doesn’t stop on its own!
We want seniors to know that the community supports them and that local and regional resources are there to help them.
According to Heather Bowman, spokesperson for the 2013 Campaign: «I am truly honoured to be one of the spokesperson for the 2013 campaign against Elder Abuse in the Eastern Townships. Seniors from all walks of life are vulnerable to this abuse. This can happen to anyone, in any family. It can happen to people of all backgrounds , ages, races, cultures and ethnic origins. It is an action by someone in a relationship of trust that results in harm or distress to an older person. Common types of abuse are physical, psychological and financial. The most commonly reported type of Elder Abuse is financial.»
Why do we wear a purple ribbon? The Purple Ribbon is the symbol of the Campaign to fight Elder Abuse. It is designed to increase awareness of what elder Abuse is and what we as a community can do to prevent it. There are resources available to older people, lets make sure access to information is out there. Raising awareness among seniors about their right to live safely and securely is seen as a very high priority. Seniors are entitled to respect. Let us make sure that no senior is abused or neglected. This is our wish for seniors and our communities. Wear a Purple Ribbon this week to show our support.»