The Social Planning Council of Ottawa & Ethno-cultural Seniors of Ottawa invite you to a Forum “Collectively We Care – Collectively We Help”.
This Forum will focus on delivering important messages and education on Elder Abuse in Ethno-Cultural Communities.
The Forum will take place at the Ron Kolbus Centre on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm.
According to the 2016 Census there are approximately 79,710 immigrant seniors above the age of 55+ residing in Ottawa. The top ten countries of birth are China, United Kingdom, Lebanon, India, Philippines, Haiti, Vietnam, Italy, Iran and Poland and the top 10 languages spoken are Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish, Cantonese, Italian, Farsi, Somali, Russian, Tagalog and Vietnamese.
Despite evidence that Canada’s population is both aging and becoming increasingly multicultural, limited resources and supports are available to support seniors from cultural backgrounds who experience abuse and neglect.
As is the case in the broader population, ethno-cultural minority seniors face a range of challenges when accessing services because of low income (61%), have poor language skills (54%), and have disabilities (21%).
The Social Planning Council of Ottawa is committed to supporting the health and well-being of the ethno-cultural seniors in Ottawa and is currently leading the development of educational awareness and knowledge building tools on elder abuse. Specifically, ethno-cultural seniors identified the need for ethno specific services to respond to elder abuse and increased public awareness of elder abuse.
This Forum will be a first step to start the dialogue with stakeholders and services providers to develop a broader community response that includes a full range of elder abuse prevention, education, and response services that serves this population.
**Healthy breakfast will be provided for all attendees**
**Door prizes & Raffle draws**
LINK TO FREE TICKETS: https://bit.ly/2Mci7mW