Are you a senior citizen or do you have one in your life?
If so, you may want to attend a free information session on elder abuse next week in Port Moody.
Port Moody Police Victim Services, Fraser Health, and the city are hosting Keeping Seniors Safe and Informed Nov. 12, 10 a.m. to noon at the Inlet Theatre.
According to a city press release, federal government stats show one in five Canadians believes they know of an older adult who might be experiencing some form of abuse.
Elder abuse is any action or lack of action — i.e. neglect — by someone in a relationship of trust that results in harm or distress to an older person. Elder abuse can be physical, psychological or financial, and can be a single incident or a repeated pattern of behaviour. Often, more than one type of abuse happens at the same time, according to the release.
At the info session, participants will hear from a local resident who will share their own experience with elder abuse; learn how to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse; and learn about steps they can take to protect themselves or loved ones.
Light refreshments will be served. Please register to reserve your spot. Visit portmoody.ca/recreation and search "elder abuse" or call 604-469-4556. For more information, call Malia Pawson at 604-469-4512.