The Kamloops Community Response Network urges citizens to

“Show a Senior You Care”

 

Kamloops – October 1st is National Seniors Day, a day to honour the seniors who have helped build our country and continue to make valuable contributions in our communities.

Sadly, many older adults in Kamloops are vulnerable to multiple forms of abuse and need the whole community to be vigilant and supportive. That’s the message from the Kamloops Community Response Network, which urges citizens to take time to “Show a Senior You Care”.

The BC Ministry of Health estimates that between four and 10 per cent of BC seniors have experienced some form of abuse (financial abuse is the most common form).

“Legislation alone can’t keep seniors safe – we need an involved community to make a real difference,” said Sherry Baker, Executive Director of the BC Association of Community Response Networks.

Many seniors live in isolation and Kamloops residents can show a senior they care through gestures such as a smile and a good morning greeting. Simply taking the time to talk to an older person can make a big difference, as can inviting them for a meal or bringing a meal over, offering to help with chores or driving them to appointments.

The Kamloops Community Response Network is part of the BC Association of Community Response Networks (BC CRN), whose mandate is to bring together community and government agencies and community volunteers to develop a coordinated response to abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults. A CRN provides information and support so the community can both prevent and respond effectively to abuse and neglect. Visit: www.bccrns.ca