June 15 Is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Health care professionals and associations around the globe will recognize Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Friday, June 15, 2007.

This day is intended to raise awareness of the issue of abuse towards older adults.

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The Niagara Elder Abuse Prevention Network's mission is to work collaboratively with agencies and seniors to prevent elder abuse and create a safe community for older adults within the Niagara region. Key partners in the Niagara Network include Niagara Region's Seniors Community Programs, Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region, and Niagara Regional Police Services.

In an effort to promote awareness and provide education, the Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse will sponsor a presentation on Financial Abuse to be held at Heidehof in St. Catharines on Friday June 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Refreshments and a light lunch will be served. Those interested are asked to call Heidehof at (905) 935-3344 to register.

Gail MacKenzie-High, Chair of the Niagara Elder Abuse Network noted, "Elder abuse comes in many forms. While financial abuse is the most common type of elder abuse, most of it is preventable. Please join us on June 15th and learn ways to protect yourself and your loved ones."

If you, or someone you know is being abused, tell someone. If you are in danger, remember to call 911 for immediate assistance.

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