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Let's be loving toward seniors

By Lucie Gascon


Launch of a regional awareness campaign against elder abuse

The Table de concertation des aînés de Vaudreuil-Soulanges (TCA-VS) is happy to announce the launch of its ‘Let's be loving toward seniors’ awareness campaign, aimed specifically at people aged 50 years and older. The goal of this project is to share with the Vaudreuil-Soulanges community an easily accessible reference tool listing the main organizations that help fight all types of abuse – psychological, physical, sexual, material or financial, organizational or related to age or violation of rights.

The awareness campaign will be put into effect over the next few weeks through the mass distribution of a magnetic directory that can be displayed on the refrigerator door. On it you will find the phone numbers of organizations that support seniors against abuse.

According to Lucie Gascon, Event Committee representative for the TCA-VS, this reference tool addresses all types of known abuse. “The Table de concertation des aînés de Vaudreuil-Soulanges would like to empower as many people as possible, both French- and English-speaking, who may either witness the mistreatment of a senior citizen or fall victim to it themselves.”

As a project collaborator, Lieutenant Pascal Harvey, Sûreté du Québec of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges MRC, supports this initiative spearheaded by local organizations.

“The project aims to identify seniors in need and help them. The official start of many of the concerted measures taken to support seniors against abuse was June 15. With the cooperation of Desjardins Vaudreuil-Soulanges, magnetized directories of all local resources will be distributed to various drop-off points in the MRC. Some door-to-door canvassing days have been planned to reach out to those seniors who are likely to be most vulnerable, are not known to our service providers, and do not receive any assistance,” said Lieutenant Harvey.

The Caisse Desjardins de Vaudreuil-Soulanges is helping to fund this initiative. General Manager Sébastien Laliberté said he was pleased to be involved in this movement that not only informs, but also raises awareness.

“We must work together with local stakeholders to be part of the solution and ensure the safety and quality of life of our seniors. This project shows just how determined our community is to promote our collective wellbeing.”

Distribution channels

The magnets will be available at several pharmacies, TCA-VS member organizations, municipalities, in select Caisse Desjardins de Vaudreuil-Soulanges Service Centres and at CLSCs in both regions. The Vaudreuil-Soulanges Meals on Wheels will also distribute them to their users. Finally, they will be delivered during the door-to-door canvassing operation that will be carried out by Grand Rassemblement des aînés de Vaudreuil et Soulanges (GRAVES) or Centre d'aide et d'accompagnement aux personnes aînés et leurs proches (CAAPA) representatives in cooperation with SQ officers.

You can also get a magnet to give to a loved one.

Contact GRAVES at (450) 424-0111.