Date updated: June 17, 2019
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15 – is an official United Nations Day acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and a human rights issue.
This page is dedicated to sharing what is happening across our province and our Country to bring attention to this issue and create awareness of and action to address elder abuse.
SeniorsNL is a Member of the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) and is a member of their Board of Director.
SeniorsNL has a NL Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse ( NLNPEA). Some members are having events throughout June to recognize WEAAD. If you wish to participate, unless registration is noted in the events below, you are welcome to attend.
SeniorsNL would like to thank Verafin for their support for our work on elder abuse, in particular, WEAAD
See Events held on June 13 to June 15 (below) and follow the recorded webinar:
Events on June 20
Alderwood Estates, Witless Bay, NL
Hosting a safari club experience – Take a Walk on the Wild Side – a resident and family open house featuring a Candy Bar with entertainment by Jellybean Entertainment using a wide variety of reptiles that will be educational and interactive. There will also be a speaker and print material on financial abuse.
Town of Conception Bay South
Celebrate Seniors lunch & learn is a partnership between the RNC and the Town of CBS.
Guest speakers including a session on “Personal Safety” and financial abuse. To be held at the Worsley Park Building, Chamberlains Road. Register by calling 834-6500, ext. 601.
Twin Cities 50+ Seniors Group of Labrador City-Wabush
The Twin Cities 50+ Seniors Group of Labrador City-Wabush will host a Mug Up sponsored by Violence Prevention Labrador and Verafin with a presentation on financial abuse by Ms. Wendy Cross, Manager, CIBC. The event will be held in the Basilica Church basement.
Events on June 13
Webinar: Crimes against Seniors: Financial Abuse
SeniorsNL hosted 11:30 AM NDT. Registration was required
The webinar was of particular interest to service providers and seniors alike.
“Elder abuse is real. If you think it is not happening in your community, think again.”
Studies show that as many as one in five older adults has been impacted by some form of financial abuse, scam or harm. We all can play a meaningful role in preventing these crimes by having bigger conversations to raise awareness.
Status of Women Central, Violence Prevention South & Central and Horwood’s Home Care
5B Bayley Street, Grand Falls-Windsor, NL
Soup & sandwich lunch with band and speakers on elder abuse, how to report same, self-empowerment. Location: St. Joseph’s Hall.
Events on June 14
St. John’s Crime Prevention Committee held the Seniors Awareness Days
9:30am – 1pm, St. John’s, NL
Registration arranged by Seniors NL at (709) 737-2333 to register by June 12, 2019 for this FREE event
In partnership with SeniorsNL and its NL Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, the St. John’s Citizens’ Crime Prevention Committee hosted a FREE morning of information, education, knowledge sharing, and a social opportunity. There were presentations, information booths, entertainment, and lunch provided for participants.
Harbour Breton Community Youth Network
The Harbour Breton Community Youth Network hosted a Lunch & Learn session highlighting elder abuse through information, power point presentation and discussion at the Harbour Breton Community Youth Centre.
Lanes Retirement Living, Carbonear
Inter-generational pizza party for residents and families with a presentation on financial abuse and frauds and scams. Location: Lanes Retirement Home.
Gateway Status of Women Council, Port aux Basques
Turkey dinner with music, guest speaker from Leading Edge Credit Union speak on financial wellness, and information displays.
Location: St. James Memorial Centre, Port aux Basques.
Deer Lake Manor – Humber Valley Complex
Garden party with snacks and a presentation and discussion of elder abuse, risk factors, signs. Invitees include Town Council, community groups, families of residents and the community.
Crosswinds Seniors Resort, Robinson’s, NL
Afternoon event with guest speakers and discussion on financial abuse, refreshments, and musical entertainment. Guest speakers will also be available for one-on-one sessions with seniors on request to be held at Crosswinds Seniors Resort.
The Alexander Bay 50+ Association, Glovertown
Afternoon event with information, education, knowledge sharing, and socialization. There were presentations, information booths, entertainment and lunch at the Alexander Bay 50+ Club House.
Events on June 15
Bay St. George Coalition to End Violence, Stephenville
Seniors Kitchen Party at the Royal Canadian Legion with a hot meal, information, and resources from community groups, displays and keynote speakers on financial abuse, WEAAD, health, recreation, overall wellness.