The Alberta Elder Abuse Awareness Council is a network of Albertans dedicated to increasing awareness and supporting a community response to elder abuse.

13 September 2014

Financial Abuse Prevention Materials now available

Posted in Government Initiatives

June 15 is recognized globally as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This annual event is an opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of the issue of elder abuse.

Elder abuse is any action or inaction by self or others that jeopardizes the health or well-being of an older adult. Elder abuse can take many forms, including: physical, neglect, emotional, financial, sexual, and medication. It is an unfortunate truth that up to 10 percent of older adults may experience elder abuse, affecting their health, well-being and independence. All members and sectors of society need to work together to end this unacceptable behaviour.

Financial abuse is one of the most frequently reported forms of elder abuse; it occurs when someone misuses an older Albertan’s money, financial resources or property without their full consent or understanding. It can happen to anyone.

Addressing Elder Abuse in Alberta: A Strategy for Collective Action (2010) outlines a comprehensive approach for the Government of Alberta to work with community partners to prevent and address elder abuse. The Strategy outlines four key goals: improved awareness, skilled service providers, coordinated community response, and protective laws and policies.

In support of ongoing efforts to raise awareness of elder abuse, Alberta Health and the Alberta Elder Abuse Awareness Network are pleased to provide this package of financial abuse prevention materials that can be shared with older adults. Included in the package is a power point presentation on financial abuse prevention for service providers to present to seniors; a booklet titled Protecting Against Financial Abuse: A guide for older Albertans, their families and friends; and fact sheets called Financial Abuse of Seniors and It’s Your Money: Protect yourself from financial abuse.

For more information on elder abuse prevention initiatives or to access additional materials, please visit the Alberta Health website at http://www.health.alberta.ca/services/protection-persons-care.html or the Alberta Elder Abuse Awareness Network website at http://www.albertaelderabuse.ca/.

Working together, we can help to eliminate elder abuse.

Note: Resources are also available electronically in the Resources section of this website. Select Documents and you will find them in the AEAAN Section