Archive for March, 2012

Live Well…Stay Well…Be Inspired

Posted on: March 26th, 2012 by Tracey Ostermann

The goal of this conference is to educate individuals on how to be more active in the community.

This conference takes place on Tuesday April 3/12
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Breithaupt Centre (350 Margaret Ave., Kitchener)

Register on-line at www.kitchener.ca/livewell
or mail registration form to Rockway Centre (c/o Live Well Conference, 1405 King St E., Kitchener, ON N2G 2N9)

cost – $20 plus HST ($22.60)

Government Introduces Legislation to Better Protect Canada’s Seniors

Posted on: March 24th, 2012 by Chloe Hamilton

TORONTO, March 15, 2012 – The Government of Canada announced today the introduction of legislation which will help ensure that sentencing for crimes against elderly Canadians reflects the significant impact that crime has on their lives. The announcement was made by the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada; along with the Honourable Alice Wong, M.P. for Richmond and Minister of State (Seniors); and Robert Goguen, M.P. for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice.

“Our Government has a responsibility to protect elderly Canadians and to ensure that crimes against them are punished appropriately,” said Minister Nicholson. “This legislation will help ensure tough sentences for those who take advantage of vulnerable members of our society.”

“This legislation would further support our Government’s common front to combat elder abuse in all forms,” said Minister of State Wong. “Elder abuse will not be tolerated. Our Government is committed to ensuring that Canadians are made aware of this serious issue and that they have the necessary information and support to take action and help prevent abuse.”

Under the proposed amendment to the Criminal Code, evidence that an offence had a significant impact on the victims due to their age – and other personal circumstances such as health or financial situation – would be considered an aggravating factor for sentencing purposes.

The amendment would ensure a consistent application of sentencing practices that treat the abuse against individuals who are vulnerable due to their age and other personal circumstances seriously. The Criminal Code already contains similar measures that denounce the abuse of vulnerable persons. For instance, it states that the abuse of a person under the age of eighteen is an aggravating factor at sentencing.

“The interests of law-abiding citizens should always be placed ahead of those of criminals,” said Parliamentary Secretary Goguen. “Our Government will continue to honour our 2011 platform pledge to protect our seniors.”

The Government addresses elder abuse in a number of ways, including its elder abuse awareness campaigns and the New Horizons for Seniors Program, which includes projects to increase awareness. In 2011, the Government increased its investment in the New Horizons for Seniors Program by $5 million per year, bringing the program’s annual budget to $45 million.

More information about elder abuse can be found at www.seniors.gc.ca.

Source: http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/news-nouv/nr-cp/2012/doc_32715.html

 

 

 

New Elder Abuse Legislation is a Step in the Right Direction–ONPEA’s Endorsement

Posted on: March 24th, 2012 by Chloe Hamilton

The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse applauds the federal government for making good on an election promise to make elder abuse prevention a priority but knows this is just one piece of the puzzle.
 

On April 15th 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper had announced that a re-elected Conservative government would crack down on those who commit crimes against seniors.  He said a Conservative government would ensure that the Criminal Code of Canada includes a provision to add age to the list of aggravating factors courts must consider when issuing a sentence.

 

That is exactly what happened yesterday. On March 15, 2012 the Government of Canada announced the introduction of legislation which will help ensure that sentencing for crimes against elderly Canadians reflects the significant impact that crime has on their lives. Under the proposed amendment to the Criminal Code, evidence that an offence had a significant impact on the victims due to their age – would be considered an aggravating factor for sentencing purposes.[1]

 

Teri Kay, Executive Director of ONPEA knows this is a much needed step for elder abuse awareness but urges government of all levels to keep prevention initiatives on the forefront and the momentum moving. “The new legislation will help with cases before the courts but won’t impact reports of elder abuse. Most seniors are reluctant to report elder abuse for fear the abuser (usually a child or relative) will go to jail. This legislation won’t increase reporting but it will help to raise awareness about the issue. Resources and services like our Seniors Safety Line and community programs are important steps in helping seniors understand their options.  Need to understand that elder abuse is not just fraud and violence; it includes emotional, psychological, sexual abuse and neglect. The way to increase reporting is talk about the issue and try to remove the shame.”

 

ONPEA is certain that more public education, professional training for police and front-line workers, advocacy and support for care-giving families are essential to decrease these staggering rates of abuse as this segment of the population grows. By investing in programs and education to recognize signs of elder abuse we can prevent many cases before they reach a criminal act and decrease associated costs in the future. Compared to other abuse programs throughout the province and country, elder abuse is far less funded and needs to be addressed now.

 

ABOUT ONPEA:
The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA) is dedicated to raising awareness of elder abuse and neglect, through public education, professional training, advocacy, and service coordination. In addition to implementing Ontario’s Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse, ONPEA supports a growing number of vital projects and research in elder abuse and neglect prevention.

ONPEA was founded in 1989 and was incorporated as a charitable organization in 1992. ONPEA is governed by a voluntary Board of 12 members representing professionals, service providers, community organizations, volunteers, seniors and aboriginal groups. It has mounted numerous initiatives of regional, national and international nature. Charitable # 88900 0790 RR0001
For more information regarding the Senior Safety Line (1-866-299-1011) and the critical work of The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA) please visit www.onpea.org. Please also visit www.acupoftea.ca for more information on ONPEA’s on-going fundraising efforts.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT
Karen Coons | 416.500.2373 |  karen@volumecommunications.com
Mary Mead | 416.916.6728

 
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[1] http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/news-nouv/nr-cp/2012/doc_32715.html

A Gerontology Networking Event

Posted on: March 21st, 2012 by Tracey Ostermann

Sponsored by Waterloo Region GIG in association with Conestoga College’s New Cowan Centre for Health Sciences.

Wed. May 2/12
4:00 – 7:00 pm

Conestoga College
299 Doon Valley Drive, Building F
Kitchener, ON

Parking is free

RSVP by Friday April 20/12 to zthomas@bayshore.ca