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July 6, 2012

CANADA: Government Highlights Elder Abuse Awareness Project

Government of Canada Highlights Elder Abuse Awareness Project in Fredericton
July 04, 2012
Marketwire

 The Government of Canada continues to combat elder abuse by funding projects through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Minister for the Atlantic Gateway and Member of Parliament for Fredericton, highlighted funding today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors).
"Protecting seniors from elder abuse is a priority for the Government of Canada," said Minister Ashfield. "Supporting projects that increase elder abuse awareness among seniors, their families and service providers will help us combat this serious issue."
The New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes in Fredericton will receive $350,000 for its project to educate nursing home employees and seniors on what elder abuse is and how it can be prevented.
This is one of 33 pan-Canadian NHSP projects, totalling $14.6 million, announced on the occasion of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15.
The New Horizons for Seniors Program helps to ensure that seniors are able to benefit from and contribute to the quality of life in their communities through their social participation and active living. For more information on the NHSP, visit: www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.




 In addition, the Government is addressing elder abuse through recently introduced legislation that will help ensure consistently tough penalties for offences involving the abuse of elderly persons.
Contact Information
•    Marian Ngo
Office of Minister Finley
819-994-2482

Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
819-994-5559


 SOURCE:      The MarketWire
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