World El­der Abuse Aware­ness Day

The Pur­ple Rib­bon Cam­paign is high­lighted through­out the Estrie re­gion

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

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.»

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