WEAAD is marked each year on June 15 as an official United Nations International Day acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. Since 2006, communities throughout the country and around the world have used this day to raise the visibility of elder abuse, by sharing information about abuse and neglect and promoting resources and services that can help increase seniors’ safety and well-being.
In this year of the covid 19 pandemic RECAA focuses its attention on the over 90% of deaths in Quebec's long term care facilities for seniors.
We are outraged that so little was done to prepare for the epidemic that was certain to impact elders in long term care facilities. The gross negligence is scandalous! The message sent was that elders are disposable.
RECAA has several activities to mark this day:
- A petition on Change.Org entitled: Stop the Deaths: Justice for Seniors in Long Term Care.
- A demonstration protesting elder abuse in the long term care residences and advocating for reform is scheduled for 10am on June 15th. This will happen in front of premier Francois Legault"s Montreal Office .
- Personal testimonies of members at our ZOOM meeting have been recorded and will be seen on facebook and on our Covid19Blog.
- "Never Turning Back" is our rallying song for justice which is recorded and will be on facebook and on our Blog.