Research suggests that 4% to 10% of older Manitobans will experience some form of abuse in their later years. The most common type of abuse is financial abuse — the illegal or inappropriate use of a person’s money or property.
This year, as part of the Financial Focus on Abuse Committee, Assiniboine Credit Union is participating in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), a day dedicated to educate and create awareness of elder abuse.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day takes place on June 15. It was developed & launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) to bring greater recognition to mistreatment of older adults and to highlight the need for appropriate action. It is intended to give abuse and neglect of older adults a global relevance that will sustain and move prevention efforts forward throughout the year and for years to come.
Creating Awareness About Elder Financial Abuse
Visit any Assiniboine Credit Union branch on Friday, June 13 or Saturday, June 14 to learn more about the signs and prevention of elder abuse. Our staff will be wearing purple ribbons to show support of WEAAD and we encourage you to ask questions about how you can help prevent elder abuse.
Learning About Elder Abuse
- To learn more about who may be at risk of financial abuse, read Protecting our Elders from Financial abuse.
- To get help, or request more information about protecting someone from financial abuse and exploitation, please contact Seniors Abuse Support Line at 1-888-896-7183 (confidential, 24 hour service, toll free)