“Pre­vent­ing

Abuse-To­gether”

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Sher­brooke

In2006, the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion and the In­ter­na­tional Net­work for the Preven­tion of El­der Abuse (INPEA) jointly launched the first edi­tion of the world aware­ness day. In 2012, the Gen­eral Assem­bly of the United Na­tions des­ig­nated by res­o­lu­tion June 15 as “World El­der Abuse Aware­ness Day.”

The num­ber of el­derly vic­tims of abuse and its con­se­quences are sig­nif­i­cant enough for all of the Estrie re­gion’s part­ners to make ev­ery pos­si­ble ef­fort to fight it and to high­light this world aware­ness day ev­ery­where in the re­gion.

In ad­di­tion, el­der abuse re­sults in ma­jor con­se­quences that de­te­ri­o­rate their qual­ity of life:

« El­der abuse is un­for­tu­nately one of our best kept se­crets. It takes on many forms and is in most cases in­vis­i­ble. We must be more vig­i­lant. »

David price, spokeper­son for the English speak­ing se­niors

To high­light this world aware­ness day, the Ta­ble de con­cer­ta­tion con­tre les mau­vais traite­ments faits en­vers les per­son­nes aînées de l’Estrie, in co­op­er­a­tion with the seven lo­cal com­mit­tees for the el­derly, is hold­ing its fourth an­nual Pur­ple Rib­bon Cam­paign.

Thir­teen thou­sand pur­ple rib­bons along with an in­for­ma­tion card will be dis­trib­uted across the Estrie re­gion with fi­nan­cial sup­port from the for­mer Agence de la santé et des ser­vices so­ci­aux de l’Estrie, the Se­cré­tariat aux aînés and the Des­jardins Group— Eastern Town­ships. Wear­ing the rib­bon is in­tended to stim­u­late dis­cus­sion 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 ne­glect. It pro­vides con­tact in­for­ma­tion for lo­cal and re­gional as­sis­tance re­sources, as well as for the El­der Abuse help line.

The pur­ple rib­bons will be dis­trib­uted through­out the Estrie re­gion and at public events that will take place in ev­ery MRC. You are en­cour­aged to wear a pur­ple piece of cloth­ing or ac­ces­sory.

Through these ac­tiv­i­ties, the mem­bers of the Estrie re­gion’s lo­cal com­mit­tees for the el­derly also want to con­vey the mes­sage that no one is im­mune and that we must work to­gether to put an end to abuse. The first step is to break the si­lence and ask for help—be­cause abuse won’t stop un­less we do some­thing!

We want the el­derly to know that the com­mu­nity sup­ports them and that lo­cal, re­gional, and na­tional re­sources are avail­able to help em­power them, while at the same time re­spect­ing their de­ci­sions. If you’re in the mar­ket for a new house, Hy­dro-Québec en­cour­ages to look for a home that rates high in energy ef­fi­ciency. You’ll lower your elec­tric­ity costs in the years to come! En­ter by March 20, 2016. You could re­ceive a cheque to re­fund the pur­chase of your ENERGY STAR qual­i­fied ap­pli­ances. The par­tic­i­pant whose name is ran­domly se­lected must cor­rectly an­swer a math­e­mat­i­cal skill-test­ing ques­tion. The prize is val­ued at ap­prox­i­mately $8,000. Cer­tain con­di­tions ap­ply. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to for com­plete con­test rules.

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