Minister of Seniors and Housing Josephine Pon issued the following statement on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day:
“June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a day for all of us to unite against elder abuse.
“Seniors built this province and are cherished members of our communities. They should feel respected, supported and safe. Sadly, this is not always the case. Elder abuse is a serious issue in our province – it is estimated that more than one in 10 Alberta seniors is a victim of elder abuse.
“Every single one of us has a part to play in helping to spot and stop elder abuse. You can start by simply talking about it with your friends, family and neighbours to build awareness. The more people who shine a light on this issue, the easier it will be to stop abuse before it happens.
“I also urge all Albertans to check in on the seniors in their lives and in their communities. If you know someone who may be a victim of elder abuse, please reach out for help by calling the Family Violence Info Line at 310-1818, or 911 for emergencies.
“Seniors deserve to live free from harm and abuse. Let’s work together to make our province safer for them.”
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