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Elder Abuse

For emergencies call 9-1-1

OrganizationPhone number
Rowan House Emergency Shelter 403-652-3311
Okotoks Family Resource Centre403-995-2626
High River FCSS403-652-8620
Distress Centre* (24 hours)403-266-4357

*The Distress Centre is a 24-hour crisis/support line that can connect you to: Calgary Seniors Resource Society - Seniors Connect Outreach Program, Alberta Health Services - Mobile Response Team for Mental Health, and the RCMP.

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. Elder abuse can take several forms including physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, spiritual, financial and material abuse, abandonment, neglect and serious loss of dignity and respect.

Elder abuse is complicated. It happens in many ways including:

  • Physical:  hitting, pushing, pinching
  • Financial: taking money or property
  • Emotional: name calling or scaring you
  • Sexual: unwanted touching or sexual contact

Elder abuse can happen to any older adult, regardless of:

  • Cultural or ethnic group
  • Physical or mental health
  • Socio-economic group

Who is responsible for preventing Elder Abuse?

Everyone. It is important to talk about elder abuse, how unacceptable it is and to let people know help is available. If someone discloses abuse to you, you see signs or if you suspect abuse, it is your responsibility to do something about it.

Older adults in Okotoks, High River, Turner Valley, Black Diamond, and the surrounding rural areas within Foothills County live in a safe, caring and responsive community where their rights, dignity and well-being are valued and they are free from abuse and neglect.

Elder abuse is everyone's responsibility. See it. Recognize the signs. Take action.

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Help us grown the conversation

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Grow the conversation poster

Who We Are

The Foothills Elder Abuse Coordinated Community Response (CCR) is a network of local organizations working together to prevent and address elder abuse in our community.

The network includes the following organizations:

 

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program