"We hope that this donation will bring a greater awareness to the problem (elder abuse), as we didn't know this sorta thing went on," said Paul Dailey. "Because a person of 70 is not the same person at 90 as they do not have the resilience to stand up to somebody. They don't have a quick mind and people can take advantage of a situation like that."
Unfortunately Jane had car issues on the 401 travelling to Brockville and was not able to attend the cheque presentation at the Wedgewood Retirement Resort on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
By telephone, Jane indicated that she had had several conversations with her friends which had brought this issue to the forefront for her.
"In talking to girlfriends, we are more aware of elder abuse," she said. "You know it is something that is out there and it's not a North American problem. It's all over the place, in the world, in Europe and I know that people are proposing different things to help alleviate the problem for the elderly, but it is a very difficult thing to do. So Paul and I were discussing what we might do and it seemed to make perfect sense."
The pair felt that the donation to the local community would be more beneficial than donating to a large organization
With a hint of laughter, Jane said she and Paul decided on $10,000 because it is a nice round number.
When the decision was made by this pair to donate to the prevention of elder abuse, they went searching on the internet to find a local chapter. By chance they had landed in the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, www.onpea.org, clicked on the Regional Resources and found East Community Networks with Lanark, Leeds and Grenville listed.
So if anyone would like to host an event, or to talk with Debora Steele, she can be reached 613-345-1461 , extension 1713 or email@example.com.
Should groups or organizations like to have a presentation or an educational session on elder abuse they can contact Manon Thompson through ONPEA by calling 613-789-3577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: EMCSTLAWRENCE, CA
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