Cigarettes, cigarettes, cigarettes. Money, money, money. The hopeless words of a NWT elder whose financial barriers include members of her own family.
Editor: In light of the recent media reports highlighting the safety and security of older adults in their homes and communities, the NWT Seniors’ Society would like to take this opportunity to offer some support on this issue.
Elder abuse is all too common in the NWT, and executive members of the NWT Seniors’ Society argue it can only be solved by increased community awareness, not government policy or law enforcement.
Elder abuse is frequently more subtle than bumps and bruises, but even when it is financially-driven, it is still abuse, said Constable Eric Latwaitis of the RCMP’s Fort Smith detachment.
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