World Elder Abuse Awareness Day June 15, 2022 It is time to raise awareness around the realities of elder abuse as a significant -and growing- public health and human rights issue.
Elder abuse cases are rising globally as many countries grapple with rapidly aging populations and a lack of resources to support them. If the proportion of elder abuse cases remains consistent as the global population ages, the number of victims could reach 320 million by 2050.
Research shows that between 8% and 10% of older persons are subjected to some type of maltreatment. According to Census Data from the Ministry of Finance, Ontario is likewise seeing a sizeable demographic shift. By 2036, the number of seniors over 65 in Canada or Ontario is expected to more than quadruple, to over 4.2 million. Given the enormous increase in the number of seniors, it is critical that we take measures to prevent and support seniors who are at risk of being abused.
Abuse of the elderly can take numerous forms, including:
One senior who has been abused is one too many. Unfortunately, the numbers don’t lie when it comes to demonstrating how serious elder abuse is.
If you have immediate concerns about a senior’s safety, call the police. If an elderly person is living in a retirement home or long-term care home in Ontario, here is a link to learn about how to report it. Community Legal Education Ontario.
You can support an at-risk older person by:
For more information on what to look for and what we can do, please visit the Ontario website.
The healthcare team at Promyse is committed to keeping seniors living safely and independently at home. Contact us today to find out more about our companion services for yourself or your loved ones.