Seniors’ month is a time to recognize our elders’ contributions and to make sure they are safe

Posted On Thursday June 18, 2020
Seniors’ month is a time to recognize our elders’ contributions and  to make sure they are safe
Seniors’ month is a time to recognize our elders’ contributions and to make sure they are safe

June is Seniors’ Month in Ontario, a chance to recognize the people who fought for our freedom, raised us and contributed to our community.

This year's theme is Stay safe, stay in touch.  

“Covid19 restrictions have been especially challenging for seniors because they often depend on others for care. They also tend to be a target by would-be scammers,” said Sgt. Linda Leung, head of the OPS Elder Abuse Section.

Abuse can be physical, sexual, financial or mental and seniors, family members and caregivers should all learn the signs of abuse  or neglect and how to get help.

There are a lot of crime prevention programs we offer to keep seniors safe. Take advantage of them and help get the message to those who may not be aware of the resources.

 “A big percentage of our fraud victims are seniors,” says Sgt. Leung. “Fraudsters are clever. They play on emotions, making it easier for seniors to fall for something like the “grandparent scam”. That’s where the caller says, ‘it’s me’, and allows the victim to fill in the blanks, believing it’s a grandchild calling.”

Sgt. Leung recommends reaching out to senior friends and family members and helping to familiarize them with common telephone, door to door or online scams so they’ll be less likely to fall for them.

Another issue police frequently see with seniors is a delay in reporting incidents.

“If you suspect that you or someone you know has been a victim, even if you’re not sure, err on the side of caution and call us,” says Sgt. Leung. “If someone comes to your door to look at your furnace or your water meter and you haven’t asked for someone to be at your home, that’s suspicious. It could be a way of looking for entry points, valuables or seeing if you live alone.” 

Call 613-236-1222, extension 7300

 “Even if you don’t let them in, call police, because chances are, they’re doing it to other people too,” says Sgt. Leung. “Your call can prevent others from becoming victims of theft or fraud.”

For more safety tips for seniors, go to the OPS website.

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