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Financial abuse is the most common form of elder abuse, Baker says, and it can lead to other forms, such as physical abuse and neglect. don't yet have adequate data tracking, reporting and monitoring systems.
The shouting starts and suddenly a sickly 71 year old woman is on the floor suffering stab wounds.
James agrees the justice system may not be equipped to prosecute crimes against elders, but stresses that prevention is a big part of the solution.
get assistance. And we need the police to have the right tools available to them to prosecute people who break the law."
The Vancouver police force does have a dedicated elder abuse unit, but members say the justice system isn't up to handling the scale of the problem and unique challenges posed by older victims, with issues of frailty, vulnerability and dementia.
"Compared to about 40 years ago, when the recognition of violence against women was starting, that's exactly where we are now with recognizing elder abuse," Baker says. "I feel dj vu, because there were taboos in the old days about talking about Saucony Pink And Brown
"We can statistically show that 10 per cent of the older, vulnerable adults in our communities are being abused," Baker says, "but we also intuitively know that it's way higher than that."
violence against women and now, with violence against elders, people just shake their heads and say, 'It can't be.'"
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son moves back home after losing his job or getting divorced. The parent may be hesitant to act on his behaviour because of the stress he's under, and think, 'Am I going to make his life worse if I do what I should, and report this abuse?' It's logical to imagine that family elder abuse is under reported."
Krista James, national director of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law, says a key driver of financial elder abuse is baby boomers typically big spenders holding lots of debt pushing for funds from older parents who are typically savers, raised in the more fiscally prudent postwar era.
Abbotsford Police spokesman Const. Ian MacDonald says that, in the case mentioned above, the victim suffered cuts to her face, hand and torso but survived an attack that easily could have been deadly. Murray Watson, 48, is charged. The case is shocking for the level of violence, but police know crimes of violence and financial abuse against elders are rising and hidden, MacDonald said.
He's got a drug habit. It's not motherly love he's looking for.
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"It's a vicious circle," because "the stats are not significant enough yet to place more resources," MacDonald said.
"The bottom line is, what kind of response does the community have to notice this and report it?" she says.
In his home on Vancouver's wealthy west side, 76 year old Jim Wu, an immobile and mentally incompetent millionaire, is found by health officials in a dirty room. He's left filthy and suffering from open sores, after Shu Ying Zhang a cash hungry "caregiver" moves in, establishes power of attorney and marries him. The Fraser Region leads all health regions with a 26 per cent jump. Association of Community Response Networks, says there is "a huge urgency" for society to tackle this oft hidden and denied problem as vulnerable seniors multiply in our rapidly aging society.
"When you are dealing with an aging victim, sometimes we can see defence counsel using stall tactics, hoping the older person will pass away before the crime gets prosecuted," she said. "I think we need a multi pronged solution of prevention, timely response and robust social and police services, so that Reebok Nano 6.0 Black if something comes up, people can Saucony White Shoes
Yet Abbotsford police don't yet have a dedicated elder abuse unit.
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