Walk to raise awareness of elder abuse set for Friday

The Community Response Network has a series of events planned for Prince George on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Friday, June 15.

 “Older adults in our communities continue to find themselves in vulnerable situations and still experiencing various forms of abuse and neglect,” said Sherry Baker, Executive Director of the BC Association of Community Response Networks.

According to Ministry of Health documents, between four per cent and 10 per cent of seniors will experience some form of physical, emotional, financial or sexual abuse. It is also believed that abuse of seniors is significantly under reported.

As communities around the province prepare to promote the annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, local Community Response Networks (CRNs) are offering educational activities to increase seniors’ awareness of the different forms of abuse and neglect.

The Prince George CRN includes community, social and health service organizations, government agencies, community minded individuals, local business and seniors. The Prince George has been meeting to determine how each can best support and assist seniors in Prince George

In Prince George the fourth annual Walk for Awareness of Abuse and Neglect of Vulnerable Adults events will start at noon at City Hall. The walk will begin at 12:15 p.m. and travel along Seventh Avenue to Brunswick Street, and turn onto Dominion Street and back to City Hall.

Participants are encouraged to wear purple to help raise awareness of the importance of the community being safe for everyone

“Come out and help us make Prince George a shining example of how to keep its most vulnerable citizens safe and secure,” said Wendy Brophy, of AiMHi.