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We’re our seniors’ best protectors

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Every year, June 15 marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

On this day, Canadians across the country will focus on the abuse and neglect that older adults experience and how it can be stopped or prevented.

Most importantly, this special day brings together individuals, communities and organizations to exchange ideas and take appropriate action against the mistreatment of older people in communities around the world. It is an opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on how elder abuse threatens the well-being of the seniors we love.

Abuse is a serious issue. It has been estimated that between four and 10 per cent of Canadian seniors experience some form of abuse. No matter the shape it takes, whether physical, emotional, or financial, it is our job to help those who need protection.

Significant funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program has been provided to organizations that address elder abuse. I want to highlight facilities such as Donwood Manor, Luther Home, Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre, MiddleChurch, Kildonan Personal Care Centre and others in Kildonan — St. Paul that do such a great job in caring for seniors.

We must ensure they lead the best possible life, entirely free of abuse. Seniors deserve our recognition for the valuable contributions they have made, and continue to make, in our communities, workplaces, and families. Show love to seniors in your life today. Whether it is a grandparent, aunt, uncle or the neighbour next door, be involved in their lives, because you are their best protector.

By promoting awareness of elder abuse and supporting prevention activities, we can help safeguard the well-being and security of our seniors.

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