NDP Seniors Critic Rachel Blaney (North Island – Powell River) made the following statement on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day:


"Seniors have the right to enjoy their later years in comfort and dignity, but too many still find themselves in a vulnerable place in Canada. It's devastating that abuse affects up to 10 percent of our elder adults, and only 1 in 5 of these abuses will come to the attention of someone who can help.

There are many challenges – income insecurity, unaffordable housing, social isolation – often made worse when they leave their home and communities. In these circumstances, the risk of elder abuse and negligence increases.

The NDP applauds caregivers and volunteers working with our seniors every day. However, by the year 2036, just one generation from now, 1 in 4 Canadians will be a senior, yet the Liberals have no plan in place to deal with this enormous challenge facing our country.

That is why the NDP is calling for a comprehensive national senior’s strategy delivered by a dedicated Department for Seniors. The strategy would deliver effective programs and services for all, especially the most vulnerable, as well as address physical and financial abuse.

Canadians deserve strong social programs to secure a dignified retirement and enjoy their later years."

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