Protecting Yourself from Abuse
What can YOU do to protect yourself?
Maintain your friendships and maintain contact with loved ones
Stay as active as you can – go on outings with friends; volunteer; join a gym; visit neighbors
- Attend educational sessions regarding the abuse of older adults, your rights, seniors’ safety, etc.
- Get legal advice when creating a Power of Attorney. Only grant power to someone that you can trust.
For more information see the Power of Attorney Guide (2002, but updated in 2014).
- Have any cheques that you may receive (i.e. pension cheques) automatically deposited to your bank account.
- Have bills, such as your telephone bill, paid automatically from your bank account
HAVE A PLAN
If you are experiencing abuse, create a Safety Plan
If you are experiencing abuse, neglect, or exploitation, tell at least one person. Tell an RCMP member, your doctor, a friend, or a family member whom you trust. Other people care and can help you.
Call the Senior’s Information Line 1 800 661 0878 with any questions or concerns