EDMONTON, AB (June 15, 2013): Today, Wildrose Seniors Critic Kerry Towle released the following statement recognizing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. “Both myself and my colleagues in the Wildrose Official Opposition would like to join with Albertans and people around the world to recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
“With over 1,000 confirmed cases of elderly and disabled Albertans being abused in provincial facilities over the past seven years alone, there are many important steps for the Alberta Government to take in ensuring the safety and protection of our seniors. “We in the Wildrose believe seniors deserve a truly independent voice and advocate that is free from the bureaucracy, can protect individuals for the system and can improve quality of care and provide the certainty of well-being for the seniors who built this great province. Recently, I introduced Bill 208 the Seniors Advocate Act and will continue to urge all members of the Legislative Assembly to support this important piece of legislation so we can guarantee the protection of our seniors. “On this day, I’d like to encourage all Albertans to learn more on the serious issue of elder abuse so we can help ensure that as people age they continue to live with the dignity, security and autonomy they deserve.”