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Township of Chatsworth Council Proclaims June 15, 2023 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
June 15, 2023

WHEREAS: Older adults in the Township of Chatsworth deserve to be treated with respect and
dignity and valued as contributing members of society, imparting a wealth of experience
and wisdom in our communities; and

WHEREAS: The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse proclaimed this day to
recognize the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue; and

WHEREAS: The United Nations General Assembly officially recognized this day by resolution 66/127
in December 2011; and

WHEREAS: The Township of Chatsworth recognizes the importance of taking action to invest in
creating social change, to prioritize the prevention of elder abuse and raise awareness to
foster a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older adults and their rights; and

WHEREAS: Elder abuse has a significant impact on the lives of older adults and families; and is not
limited to race, gender, culture, or circumstance, and regardless of whether the abuse is
physical, emotional, sexual, financial or neglect; and

WHEREAS: Ageism and social isolation are major causes of elder abuse; and

WHEREAS: Recognizing that it is up to all of us, as citizens, organizations, communities, and
governments, to work collectively to prevent violence and abuse of older adults in their
homes and communities; and

WHEREAS: Preventing abuse of older adults through improving and maintaining social and health
services and systems such as housing, income security, and safety will improve their
quality of life and allow them to live independently and contribute to the vibrancy of our
municipality; and

WHEREAS: Where there is respect for human rights, equality, and justice there can be no abuse;
therefore, all residents of the Township of Chatsworth are urged to join this global movement to promote the Rights of Older Adults and Stop Abuse and Restore Respect.

THEREFORE; I, Scott Mackey, Mayor of the Township of Chatsworth in the Province of Ontario do
hereby proclaim June 15, 2023, as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and encourage all
residents of the Township of Chatsworth to recognize and celebrate seniors and their
ongoing contributions to the success and vitality of our municipality.

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