Minister of Seniors, Kamal Khera, marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day


June 15, 2022              Gatineau, Quebec              Employment and Social Development Canada

Today, Kamal Khera, Minister of Seniors, issued the following statement:

“To mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, I am asking you to help protect older Canadians from elder abuse. All older Canadians have the right to live safely and securely, no matter who they are or where they live. Any action by someone in a relationship of trust that results in harm or distress to an older person - physical, sexual, psychological or financial abuse, or neglect—is unacceptable.

Raising awareness and recognizing the signs of elder abuse are the first steps to help prevent and end it. Here are some common signs to look for:

  • a noticeable change in behaviour, fear, anxiety or depression, around a family member, friend or care provider;
  • unexplained physical injuries;
  • poor nutrition or hygiene;
  • improper use of medication; or
  • a sudden drop in cash flow or sudden changes to legal documents.

We are committed to strengthening our approach to elder abuse in all its forms. By working with stakeholders, partners, experts and other levels of government, we can lay the groundwork to address it. We recognize that elder abuse is a serious issue affecting many older people in Canada, and may be even more acute in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has contributed to further isolating seniors.

Let’s continue to check-in on our parents, grandparents, neighbours and friends. One older Canadian suffering from abuse is one too many. Let’s work towards a safer Canada for our aging population.

To learn more about elder abuse and how you can help address it, visit How you can identify abuse and help older adults at risk.”

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Jasmeen Shergill
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Office of the Minister of Seniors, Kamal Khera

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