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Services can help West Island seniors facing abuse or fraud

June 10, 2021 – Seniors — from those living independently to ones in care homes — faced a difficult period during the COVID-19 pandemic, coping with increased health risks and isolation, food insecurity, plus the lack of affordable housing.

On top of these issues, the aging of the West Island demographic also means an increase in potential abuse, exploitation or neglect for many vulnerable people in the community.

In advance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, the West Island Committee Against Elder Abuse, an offshoot of the local Table de Concertation des aînés, hopes to highlight local resources and that seniors do not need to face these issues alone.

“This year, we wanted to put out a special (media) awareness campaign … during this pandemic. We used to do kiosks at Marché de l’Ouest or Pointe-Claire Plaza,” said Sheila Laursen, a retired YMCA organizer, longtime community activist and one of the co-founders of the Table de quartier sud de l’Ouest-de-l’Île (TQSOI).

“The committee is focused on the growing problem of exploitation and abuse of seniors in our society, especially things like financial exploitation,” she said. “We wanted to get the message to people. If there are things that make you uncomfortable, they should ask.” Montreal Gazette reports. | READ MORE