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Marking elder abuse

People putting the purple on Friday for World Elder Abuse Day

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Many Winnipeggers will be wearing purple this week to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on Fri., June 15.

"WEAAD involves activities to bring greater recognition of mistreatment of older adults wherever they live throughout the world, and to highlight the need for appropriate action," says the WEAAD Manitoba website.

A fact sheet prepared by the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse reports that up to 10% of older adults in Canada experience some form of abuse or neglect from someone they trust or rely on in their later years.

About 80% of that abuse or neglect is hidden or undetected, while women make up two-thirds of the elder abuse that is detected.

Adult children were involved in 38% and spouses in 26% of cases of abuse against elders.

Many agencies and organizations in Winnipeg are providing information, organizing events and wearing purple to raise awareness during the week leading up to June 15.

For more information, including a listing of what’s happening to mark WEAAD, go online to www.weaadmanitoba.ca

To talk to someone about elder abuse call the 24-hour Senior Abuse Support Line at 1-888-896-7183.

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