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September 22, 2009

New Information Materials Launched to Prevent Elder Abuse

From left: Moncton East MLA Chris Collins; Jean-Claude Cormier, program director, Healthy Active Living Program for the 50Plus; Emily Bell, legal research co-ordinator, PLEIS-NB; Deborah Doherty, executive director, PLEIS-NB; Kenny; and Elizabeth LeBlanc-Greek, Go Ahead Seniors Inc. board member.

Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB) is pleased to announce the launch of new materials to prevent elder abuse.  This includes two information booklets entitled: Preventing Abuse and Neglect of Seniors and Are You Dating? Older Adults and Healthy Relationships. The booklets are also available as audio CDs or in large print versions.

Preventing Abuse and Neglect of Seniors explains the various forms of senior abuse, adult protection law, ways to prevent abuse, and legal remedies.  It encourages abused or neglected seniors not to give up hope and suggests where to turn for support and information.

Are you Dating? Older Adults and Healthy Relationships may be a first in Canada.  Although there are many resources on preventing abusive dating relationships for teens and young adults, there are no similar relevant resources for older adults.

The materials were researched and produced by PLEIS-NB with funding by Justice Canada.  To ensure widespread availability, the Senior and Healthy Aging Secretariat contributed to the printing costs for the booklets.  The project represents a partnership between PLEIS-NB, Aînés en Marche/Go Ahead Seniors Inc., along with representatives of the Department of Social Development and the Senior and Healthy Aging Secretariat.

The materials are currently being distributed to senior organizations, libraries, nursing homes, mental health offices, hospitals and other places where seniors, service providers or family and friends of seniors can access them.  If you are interested in obtaining additional copies, please contact PLEIS-NB at pleisnb@web.ca or call 1-888-236-2444.  The new booklets, along with a quiz, large print versions and audio CDs, are available on the PLEIS-NB website at www.legal-info-legale-nb.ca .

To view the press release, click here.