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March 19, 2012

NWT Seniors Society Concerned With Elder Abuse Bill (CANADA)

NWT Seniors Society concerned with elder abuse bill
March 16, 2012
Yellowknife, N.W.T.

A seniors group in the NWT is raising concerns about a federal bill designed to address elder abuse.
The Protecting Canadian Seniors Act was introduced into the House of Commons on Thursday.
Bill C-36 makes vulnerability because of age an aggravating factor that judges can consider upon sentencing.
But the executive director of the NWT Senior's Society, Barb Hood, questioned the language in the act.
"Some of the language that's being used is around the protection for vulnerable people because of age. That kind of, what we would call ageist attitude, really doesn't speak to the needs of older adults."
Hood suggested they would rather see the government take different steps to address elder abuse.
"We'd rather see better housing for older adults that leaves them independent of situations where people are inadvertently in positions where they could use power over an older adult."
On the other hand, Hood applauded the government for putting resources into raising awareness of elder abuse.

 SOURCE:      HQYellowKnife.com
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