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Barriere Senior’s hosting World Elder Abuse Awareness Day luncheon

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day takes place on Wednesday, June 15.

To mark the day and help raise awareness about elder abuse and prevention the Barriere and District Senior Society will be hosting a luncheon on Wednesday, June 15, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at their hall in Barriere. The luncheon will provide a free learning community event and a positive opportunity to socialize and celebrate seniors in the community while also providing useful information on keeping elders healthy and safe.

The purpose of Elder Abuse Awareness Day is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.

Guest speaker for the luncheon will be Marian Anderberg, BC CRN Regional Mentor, Thompson Cariboo Shuswap,

who will speak on being aware and recognizing when a senior may need some help.

The United Nations officially recognizes Elder Abuse Awareness Day on their website, stating, “Elder abuse can be defined as “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person. It is a global social issue which affects the Health and Human Rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community. In many parts of the world elder abuse occurs with little recognition or response. Until recently, this serious social problem was hidden from the public view and considered mostly a private matter. Even today, elder abuse continues to be a taboo, mostly underestimated and ignored by societies across the world. Evidence is accumulating, however, to indicate that elder abuse is an important public health and societal problem.”

If you would like to join in the June 15 luncheon in Barriere please RSVP to April Christensen by calling 250-674-2600 or 778-208-7365. Anyone who may require help with transportation is also encouraged to contact April Christensen at the above telephone numbers.

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