Alberta Counselling Services

Dignity in Later Years: Addressing and Healing from Elder Abuse

Elder abuse, a critical yet often overlooked issue, involves the mistreatment of older individuals, ranging from physical, emotional, and sexual abuse to neglect and financial exploitation. Alberta Counselling Services is committed to supporting the elderly who have experienced abuse, offering specialized care to promote healing and safeguard their dignity.

Understanding Elder Abuse:
Elder abuse can occur in various settings, including homes, nursing facilities, or in the community. It often goes unreported due to fear, shame, or dependency on the abuser. Recognizing and addressing this abuse is crucial for the well-being and respect of older adults.

1. Recognizing Signs of Abuse:
The signs of elder abuse may include physical injuries, emotional distress, sudden changes in financial situations, or withdrawal from usual activities. Recognizing these signs is the first step in seeking help.

2. Providing a Safe and Supportive Environment:
Our counselling services offer a safe and supportive environment for the elderly to discuss their experiences and feelings, and receive the support they need.

3. Empowering the Elderly:
We focus on empowering older adults, providing them with the knowledge and resources to protect themselves and make informed decisions about their care and well-being.

4. Addressing Psychological Impacts:
Elder abuse can lead to anxiety, depression, and a loss of trust. We provide therapeutic strategies to help older adults cope with these psychological effects and rebuild their sense of safety and self-worth.

Elder Abuse Counselling at Alberta Counselling Services:
Our approach is empathetic, respectful, and tailored to the needs of older adults:

  • Individualized Counselling: We offer personalized counselling that addresses the unique experiences and needs of each older adult.
  • Collaboration with Other Services: We collaborate with healthcare providers, social services, and legal professionals to provide a comprehensive support system.
  • Advocacy and Education: We advocate for the rights of the elderly and provide education on recognizing and preventing abuse.
  • Healing and Recovery Focus: Our primary goal is to aid in the healing and recovery process, helping older adults regain their confidence and enjoy their later years with dignity and respect.

Elder abuse is a violation of human rights that demands attention and action. At Alberta Counselling Services, we stand committed to supporting the elderly in overcoming abuse, ensuring they receive the respect, care, and dignity they deserve.


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