Senior’s lobby group wants elder abuse added to criminal code

Originally published by 680 News on March 1st, 2011. To go to the 680 News website please click here

TORONTO, Ont. – A seniors lobby group is calling on the federal government to add the offence of elder abuse to the Criminal Code.

The call comes as a Toronto couple stands accused of forcing a 68-year-old woman to spend four months living in a freezing garage.

The woman’s 43-year-old son and 28-year-old daughter-in-law have been denied bail. They’ve been remanded in custody until their next appearance in court on March 15.

CARP spokesperson Susan Eng said doctors or caregivers should be obligated to report any signs of abuse, like they do for child and domestic abuse.

“There should be some kind of duty to report when they see something going on, and we need to have some kind of investigative support for police officers who have to investigate these crimes,” she said.

Eng also said our seniors should not be considered disposable.

“We don’t have an ice-float mentality here, and we’re not about to start one,” she said.

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Keywords: elder, abuse, crime, seniors