img_9836Two men have been arrested and charged following an alleged incident of elder abuse in Georgina.

On Wednesday (April 18), York Regional Police say that attended a home on Warden Avenue after a 69-year-old woman was transported to hospital in life-threatening condition.  Police were contacted due to concerns regarding her medical condition and the state of the residence.

Two men located at the residence were arrested by police after the hospital reported that her injuries were caused by severe neglect. The woman’s condition has since improved, according to police.

The two men, aged 71 and 37, have each been charged with failure to provide the necessaries of life.  The accused are not being named in order to protect the identity of the victim.

They have been held in custody pending a bail hearing in Newmarket court on Friday (April 20).

“Other than children, seniors are the most vulnerable members of society.  Often there are signs that someone is being abused.  Know what to look for and get involved,” police noted in a press release.

Elder abuse is defined by someone within a relationship who is trusted causes harm to an older person.

Police in Durham have referred to it as a “growing concern” in the region.

“This abuse usually happens because the abuser wants to feel powerful and in control of the elder. The abuser could be a family member, a friend or a service worker. Many will feel ashamed or fearful and do not talk about the abuse to anyone,” reads a statement from the DRPS.

Forms of elder abuse include:

Financial
Financial abuse is the most common form of elder abuse. This could be misuse of money or household goods like jewelry. The abuser will sometimes use other forms of abuse like isolation from family and friends to take advantage of the situation. Signs of financial abuse include: an elders home being sold unexpectedly, large sums of money taken from a bank account and an elder is in debt and does not know why.

Physical
Any pain or injury that is inflicted on an elder by a person is considered abuse. Warning signs of this abuse should be when an elder does not have an explanation for injuries or they have frequent injuries. This includes: hitting, slapping, pinching, pushing, burning, pulling hair, shaking, physical restrain, physical coercion, forced feeling or withholding physical necessities.

Sexual
Sexual abuse is threats or force of a person without consent. It includes: rape, sexual harassment, fondling and inappropriate sexual comments.

Psychological (emotional)
This form of abuse inflicts mental anguish on an individual. It could be making the elder fearful of violence or isolation. Psychological abuse includes: yelling, ignoring the person, scolding, shouting, insulting, threatening, humiliation, isolation and control. This abuse can result in the elder having low self-esteem, difficulty sleeping, withdrawal, fearfulness, and significant change in weight.

If you, or a senior you know, have been a victim of a theft, fraud or physical assault in Durham, contact the Durham Region seniors’ safety advisor at 905-668-7711, ext. 2460; the Durham Regional Police  senior support co-ordinator at 905-579-1520, ext. 5624; or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

In the event of an emergency, call 911.

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