Abused seniors to be provided with avenue of support

Justin Dickie
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Victims of seniors' abuse are often too afraid to do anything about it. Now the Nova Scotia Seniors' Secretariat is shedding light on the matter.

Abused seniors to be provided with avenue of support

Victims of seniors' abuse are often too afraid to do anything about it. Now the Nova Scotia Seniors' Secretariat is shedding light on the matter.

The secretariat recently started a senior abuse awareness initiative that's looking to provide abused seniors an avenue of support when they feel victimized. The program includes posters, information pamphlets, and a senior abuse line.

"It's not something that's reported to us everyday, but we do get reports of it on occasion. It's something that's always hidden, it's usually family members doing this. Parents don't want to tell on their family members," said Amherst Police Department community officer Cst. Francis Smith. "This, I think, is a common thing across the province."

Smith has been going to seniors' homes and centres in the area recently with the information pamphlets and posters in an effort to promote the secretariat's program.

"This is a hotline where they can call and get some information and talk to someone on an anonymous basis," Smith said. "Maybe with this being available, they'll have somewhere to turn."

Carl Weatherbee, a resident of Fort Cumberland Manor, said he knew of a lady who dealt with abuse her whole life, but never did anything about it.

"She'd just ignore it. She put up with it until she passed on," he said, adding that her husband and son would often violently yell and swear at her. "You shouldn't have top put up with that stuff. She wouldn't say nothing."

Smith thinks with this new service, people like her won't have to hide from it.

"She didn't know which way to go, she didn't know which way to turn," Smith said. "They may think someone coming in and hollering and screaming and beating on the table is normal, that it happens to everybody, but with this hotline available they can certainly make those inquiries and see if it is normal or not."

If you're a victim or you know of one, contact the senior abuse line at 1-877-833-3377.

jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Amherst Police Department

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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