World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

"Paying it Forward" cards will be given to senior mall walkers

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
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Chantal Corner

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Sergeant Chantal Corner is the Media Relations Officer for the Halton Regional Police Department. She grew up in Oakville and graduated from Loyola. She still resides in Oakville.

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June 15th, 2014 marks the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. (W.E.A.A.D.)

In Madrid in April 2002, countries throughout the world adopted the United Nations International Plan of Action on Ageing. The Plan of Action recognized the importance of addressing and preventing abuse and neglect of older adults. It identified that mistreatment of older adults was a violation of internationally recognized human rights.

The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) introduced the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to support the Madrid Plan of Action on Ageing. The INPEA is working with interested individuals, agencies, organizations, non-governmental organizations, governments and businesses throughout the world to promote this special day.

On Thursday June 12th, 2014, the Halton Elder Abuse Prevention Committee will be organizing a day to recognize Elder Abuse. The committee would like to do a “Pay it Forward” initiative involving seniors to address Elder Abuse.

Information displays about Elder Abuse will be set up in four shopping malls in Halton. Oakville’s will be in Oakville Place at 240 Leighland Ave.

The committee will be joining the mall walkers in the morning and “paying it forward” to seniors by handing out $2.00 Tim Horton cards.

Everyone is welcome to join the mall walks and have the opportunity to learn how to recognize and prevent Elder Abuse.

For more infomration, please contact Cst Nadine Boateng, Elder Services Coordinator at 905 825-4747 ext 5064.

As a reminder, anyone with information or suspicions of elder abuse or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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