Elder Abuse

Our population is aging. By 2016 there will be nearly 5 million Canadians over 65. And far too many older adults, disproportionately women, are living with abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.

Most families believe that a relative will be safer and better cared for at home. But statistics show that up to 90% of elder abuse is committed by a spouse or close relative.

Here are some recent stories that caught our attention:

  • In Midland, an elderly woman divulged to her health-care provider that she was being beaten in her home. Her abuser: her 75-year-old husband.
  • In Kitchener, an 84-year-old woman in frail health after a stroke was repeatedly assaulted by her son who was supposedly caring for her. She was too frightened to report him. The situation was only discovered because he called 911 while drunk, telling police that he was “in a living hell.”
  • In Scarborough, a couple confined their 68-year-old mother to a freezing garage, and denied her access to the main house where there were empty bedrooms for rent. When emergency services arrived, she was unconscious and frostbitten and had a stroke after arriving at hospital.

For every elder abuse case reported to police, 5 never come to our attention.

While Interval House is known for sheltering abused women and children, our doors are open for abused and threatened women of any age. Like all abused women, elderly victims need psychological security, a stable living environment, financial stability , respect and a sense of purpose.

You can read more about our Women’s Program here.