Many of us have aging parents and grandparents. Lots of resources and information exists for seniors and their families. Check out these helpful links to educate yourself and others...
Council on Aging of Ottawa
The Council on Aging (COA) of Ottawa is a bilingual, non-profit, voluntary organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all seniors in Ottawa. COA depends on volunteer time and effort given by seniors, the community, professionals and various agencies. Together, they do amazing work, including:
- providing expertise on seniors' issues;
- promoting development of effective programs and services for seniors;
- serving as a partner in the planning and coordination of seniors' services;
- speaking to government on policy and funding priorities; and,
- promoting public understanding and awareness of seniors' issues.
Visit them at www.coaottawa.ca or 613-789-3577.
Ontario Seniors Secretariat
The Ontario Seniors Secretariat is committed to ensuring Ontario's seniors are able to live their lives to the fullest, with dignity and independence. They have two Web sites specifically designed for seniors and their families. They have many resources which are available in 30 different languages, including:
- Providing easy access to programs and services
- Helping seniors keep their independence
- Promoting active and healthy living
- Recognizing the contributions of seniors
- Preventing elder Abuse
- Supporting people with Alzheimer Disease and related dementias
- Preventing falls and ensuring safe use of medication
- Home care and community support services
- Honouring veterans
Visit them at www.SeniorsInfo.ca or www.ontarioseniors.ca. Their toll free INFO line is 1-888-910-1999.
Ottawa Police Service
The Elder Abuse Section works closely with the Ottawa Police Victim Crisis Unit (VCU) to provide counseling and resources to victims both throughout and following a police investigation. The VCU is available 24/7 and can be reached at 613-236-1222, ext. 5822.
If anonymity is a concern please contact Crime Stoppers at 613-233-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-222-8477.
Anyone with questions or concerns can contact the Elder Abuse Section from 8 AM to 4 PM at 613-236-1222, ext. 5945 or 5639. This is a non-emergency line. If you have an emergency situation, call 9-1-1.