Twenty five seniors groups, community organizations* and municipalities across the province will receive a total of $1.2 million to help address and prevent elder abuse.
The grants, announced on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, will be allocated for year two of the three-year, $3-million Taking Action Against Elder Abuse Co-ordinated Community Response program.
The recipients will work in many ways to address elder abuse, including increasing the co-ordination of social workers, medical professionals, seniors groups and local police for a more community-based response.
An additional $300,000 grant over three years will help the Alberta Elder Abuse Awareness Network improve its awareness-raising efforts and support the activities of the network.
“In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, I am pleased to award grants that will help communities address and prevent elder abuse. All Albertans have a role to play in eliminating elder abuse and our government is doing our part.”
“We are so grateful for this funding announcement, as it gives us a greater ability to collaborate with communities and service providers across Alberta to enhance the great work that is being done to raise awareness and address elder abuse.”