Telus volunteers (from left) Trish, Diane and Gordon. (Submitted)

Castlegar-area seniors salute World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

The 2017 theme underscores the importance of preventing financial exploitation.

One-hundred and 26 seniors attended the Castlegar CRN Celebrate Seniors lunch in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was developed and launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA).

The 2017 theme underscores the importance of preventing financial exploitation in the context of elder abuse to the enjoyment of older persons’ human rights.

In line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, older people have the right to a life of dignity in old age, free of all forms of abuse, including financial and material exploitation, which could lead to poverty, hunger, homelessness, compromised health and well-being, and even premature mortality.

“In Castlegar we celebrate seniors in recognition of WEAAD,” Sandi McCreight, Coordinator said.

“And yes, it happens here. So much more than you’d ever imagine. Unless of course you are the victim of abuse: financial, physical, neglect… Elder abuse festers in isolation. Isolation intensifies in abusive situations. The best way to combat abuse and isolation — and all the negative health and social effects it can bring — is to create connections.”

Thank you to our sponsors and partners:

Columbia Power Corporation, BC Association of CRNS,

Castlegar Community Services: Judy, Kristein, Sally Ann and concession staff for a great lunch.

Telus volunteers: Trish, Gordon and Diane.

Sandi McCreight, Coordinator

British Columbia Association of Community Response Networks

PROVINCIAL LEARNING EVENT

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon, Provincial Learning Events are held monthly except June, July, August &December.

 

The large gathering at the event. (Submitted)