Community Safety Tips

Senior Safety

Seniors are an integral part of our communities and cities. Their safety is important to us and it is all of our responsibility to provide for them in their later years. The Ridge Meadows RCMP strives to provide tips for seniors to ensure that they stay safe and that they don't fall victim to abuse or become involved in a fraud or scam.

Elder Abuse

People think of physical violence when they hear the term elder abuse but abuse has many forms. Elder abuse is any action or inaction which causes harm, exploits or threatens to cause harm to an elderly person.

Who Are Abusers?

Abusers can really be anyone including family members, neighbours, home care givers, trades or service people or even a stranger.

 

Types Of Adult Abuse

 

 

Some Signs of Possible Abuse

 

Victims of adult abuse may show signs of:

 

Why Seniors Don't Seek Help

Seniors or any victims of abuse often don't seek help because they feel they are somehow at fault for what has happened to them. This is definitely NOT the case. There can be a number of reasons why victims of abuse don't seek help.

Victims may not be sure that they are experiencing abuse or they may not know how to communicate they are being abused. This could be due to a disability, language barrier or because they simply fear reprisal from caregivers. Seniors should be encouraged and supported if they want to speak up about being abused.

Getting Help

Senior citizens who are victims of abuse do have numerous means by which to seek help or assistance. If you feel that you are in immediate danger you should always dial 911. If it is not an emergency but you wish to reach the police, please dial your local police agencies non-emergency number. The Ridge Meadows RCMP non-emergency number is 604-463-6251.

You should also talk to someone that you feel comfortable with regarding the abuse. Make sure that it is someone that you trust. In some cases, victims of abuse do approach the person that is abusing them. If you feel comfortable doing this, then you should do so.

The Ridge Meadows RCMP Victim Services program also offers assistance to victims and their families. Victim Services caseworkers are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to answer any questions and provide counseling services as required.

The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone and you can seek the help advice of both friends and family.

Alzheimer's Information

Seniors who fall victim to Alzheimer's can often be confused or unable to perform the simplest of tasks. As the disease progresses and they experience its effects, they tend to lose their short term memory followed by things such as recognition, decision-making and planning. This may cause them to forgot things including where they live or how they got to a location. It may also lead them to wander as they will leave abruptly heading for somewhere with a goal in mind.

Wandering is a big part of dealing with seniors who have Alzheimer's. It can be cause for serious concern when not monitored. Seniors may expose themselves to harsh weather conditions or other conditions in which they could be hurt or killed.

Wandering takes various forms and includes the following:

Aimless wandering occurs when the person walking appears to have little or no or destination. They could be bored, in need of exercise or feeling stress or physical discomfort.

Purposeful or goal-oriented wandering occurs when the person is trying to return to familiar surroundings from her/his past. They may be needing something physically or looking for something to jog their fading memory.

Night-time wandering occurs when the broken sleep patterns and restlessness of the person lead to disorientation and confusion about time the time of day. The person may wander in the middle of night thinking that activities done in the day time need to be completed at the present moment.

Industrious wandering occurs because the person has a need to keep busy. They may be trying to re-establish or continue habits that were part of their life a long ago and that are familiar to them. This includes things such as going to work or catching the bus.

Personal Safety

Personal Safety is a key component in anyone's life and seniors are no exception. Whether you are in your home or out on your daily travels, it's important to feel safe.

When Walking

 

On a Scooter

 

Traveling by car

 

Home Security

While personal safety is important for seniors in their daily lives, ensuring their home is safe and secure is another priority. Seniors are encouraged to do the following to keep their homes safe:

 

If you are planning to be on vacation, you should:

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