Alberta’s government is committed to ensuring seniors have access to the services and supports they need to live safely and independently in their communities. And our government is committed to new and stronger action to prevent and address elder abuse in Alberta.
Elder abuse is a complex issue that requires a collaborative and cross-sector approach. Seniors-serving stakeholders have identified the lack of a consistently applied definition of elder abuse across the province as a gap in the current system. Our first step is to clearly define the term “elder abuse” with input from community organizations and the public.
We are seeking input from stakeholders and the public on an enhanced definition of elder abuse.
We will use a new definition to improve information-sharing and data collection practices. A new definition, as the foundation for updated legislation, policies, and programs, will be an effective tool to improve the safety and well-being of seniors across the province.
Albertans are invited to provide input into the new definition online at Alberta.ca. The Elder Abuse Prevention – Public Engagement Survey is open from October 4 to 25, and I urge you to respond.
Please remember to call 911 if you, or someone you know, is being abused and is in immediate danger. For non-urgent support, information and referrals, you can call the Family Violence Info Line at 310-1818.
Elder abuse is unacceptable, in any form, for the individuals who should be the most cherished members in any community. We will work with communities, stakeholders, and Albertans of all ages to strengthen protections for seniors and end elder abuse in all its forms.
Together, we can make sure our seniors have the respect and dignity they have earned.
Josephine Pon served as Minister of Seniors and Housing from April 30, 2019 to October 24, 2022.