This release was issued under a previous government.

Beginning in August, under a new $3 million grant program over three years, communities can apply for up to $150,000 in funding to develop, implement or enhance elder abuse prevention initiatives.

“The government is committed to ensuring that our seniors are protected from the impacts of elder abuse and will continue our protection efforts through legislation, education and empowerment of our community partners. I encourage our community partners to join us in the fight against those who would take advantage of Albertans who have spent their lives building our province.”

Health Minister Fred Horne

“One of the key priorities in Alberta’s elder abuse strategy is supporting communities in prevention efforts and victim support. Programs supported by these latest grants will help older Albertans live more safely and securely.”

Dave Quest, Associate Minister for Seniors

Elder abuse can take many forms, including physical, emotional, financial, sexual, medication-related, and neglect.

Government continues to provide a variety of services to help prevent and/or assist with incidents of elder abuse in institutional settings, within families, as well as in communities.

Resources include:

  • Family Violence Information Line;
  • Safeguards for Vulnerable Adults Information and Reporting Line;
  • Protection for Persons in Care investigations unit;
  • Office of the Public Guardian;
  • regional abuse help lines; and
  • Government of Alberta Victims Services.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is recognized annually on June 15.

Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta's resources to ensure we're able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.

Editor’s note:

  • Media availability:  Health Minister Fred Horne and Associate Minister of Seniors Dave Quest will hold a media availability at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 12 in Room 208 at the Legislature Building.