Community Response to Abuse and Neglect of Elders (CRANE) Medicine Hat works to prevent elder abuse, neglect and self-neglect through EAR - Education, Advocacy and Response. The organization brings almost 30 service providers together to stop elder abuse in Medicine Hat.
CRANE is a community based approach to matters, representing: crime prevention; family matters; housing or lodging; income support; mental health; nutrition; physical well-being; recreation or socialization; and transportation.
According to the Alberta Elder Abuse Awareness Network, the abuse of older adults is broadly defined as: “an action or inaction by self or others that jeopardizes the health or well being of any older adult”. Abuse of older adults can be a single or repeated act. Any older adult may become a victim of abuse including: men and women; any income level; and any cultural or ethnic group. Those who have physical or mental health issues are at greater risk, but healthy older adults may also be victims.
Did you know:
The abuse of older adults is hidden. We as a community are unaware of the nature and extent of the problem!
- Approximately seven per cent of older adults have experienced some form of abuse.
- Abuse comes in many forms including emotional; physical; sexual; financial; medical; neglect (including self-neglect); spiritual; intimidation; and violation of rights.
- Only about one in five cases of abuse come to the attention of community agencies or authorities.
- In Medicine Hat, 15 per cent of residents are 65-plus which is higher than the provincial average.
For More Information or to Report Abuse
For more information or to report abuse or neglect of elders, please call CRANE at 403.529.4798 or Seniors Outreach Workers at 403.529.8307.
Additional support resources also include: