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16 November 2010

Alberta Government releases Addressing Elder Abuse in Alberta: A Strategy for Collective Action

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November 16, 2010 the Alberta government released Addressing Elder Abuse in Alberta: A Strategy for Collective Action.

The Strategy aims to prevent and address elder abuse, by taking a comprehensive approach. The strategy is structured around four key goals

  • Improved awareness—Educate Albertans so they are aware of elder abuse, how to prevent and identify it and where to go for help.
  • Skilled service providers—Ensure Alberta’s service providers and caregivers have the knowledge and skills needed to effectively serve and support seniors and to help prevent, identify and address elder abuse appropriately.
  • Coordinated community responses—Work with Alberta communities so they have the capacity to partner to provide coordinated supports that prevent and respond to elder abuse, including effective intervention resources.
  • Protective laws and policies—Ensure Albertans have access to legal tools and other mechanisms that help protect seniors from abuse and fraud, effectively address situations of elder abuse, and uphold the rights of seniors.
A series of actions that support each goal are identified. The roles and responsibilities of all sectors of society to successfully address and prevent elder abuse are also articulated.

The Strategy builds on the Government of Alberta’s existing and ongoing efforts in preventing family violence and bullying, and on the policy directions set out in the Aging Population Policy Framework. The Framework, which was released November 8, provides the overall context and approaches the Government of Alberta will be taking to meet the needs of an aging population.

Additional information are available on the Alberta Seniors and Community Supports website at www.seniors.alberta.ca/Protection.