Dr. David Swann speaks out against elder abuse

CALGARY, AB (June 15, 2016): Dr. David Swann issued the following statement on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day:

“Elder abuse is a serious issue that is all the more dangerous for its invisibility. It happens behind closed doors and is often committed by the family of the victim. It comes in many forms – financial, psychological, emotional, physical, and more – robbing people of their agency and self-respect.

“Here in Alberta we live in a society where every person has a right to dignity and freedom from fear. No person loses that right when they reach a certain age. Victims of any kind of abuse are often too scared or ashamed to ask for help, which means it is up to us to act when we know something is wrong. I urge all Albertans to report elder abuse as soon as they see it, so it can be stopped at the first possible opportunity.

“The Alberta Elder Abuse Awareness Network’s theme for this year’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is ‘Random Acts of Kindness for an Older Adult.’ I encourage Albertans to participate by reaching out to seniors in their lives. When we come together around our elders, we build strong communities, protect our most vulnerable and make all of our lives better.”