Alberta Liberal MLA Dr. David Swann statement on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). Governments, citizens and community organizations across the world work together to raise awareness of elder abuse on WEAAD..

Swann stated, “Elder abuse is a serious issue that impacts many Albertans and we all have to do more.

“Elder abuse is any action or inaction that jeopardizes the health or safety of an older adult. Neglect is one of the most common forms of elder abuse. We must have conversations. We must have open and frank discussions of solutions. It’s not enough to simply acknowledge the challenges..

“4-6% of elders will suffer elder abuse in their lives. Often the abuse is committed by someone known to the elder, such as a family member, friend, or caregiver.

“We must all collaborate to raise awareness of elder abuse and develop strategies to prevent it.

“On this WEAAD let us remember elder abuse is everyone’s responsibility.”