How Widespread is Elder Abuse in Lethbridge?


September 6, 2018 :: Lavonn Mutch, Rob Miyashiro, Joanne Blinco and Erin Vogt
Moderated by Chelsea Sherbut

Elder abuse is any action or inaction by self or others that jeopardizes the health or well –being of an older adult. Elder abuse can take several forms including financial, emotional, physical, sexual, medication and neglect, with more than one type of abuse often occurring at the same time.

Elder abuse can include the infliction of physical injury, restraint, financial exploitation, threats, ridicule, insult or humiliation, withholding medication, unwanted touching or sexual contact, forced isolation (physical or social), or forced change in living arrangements. It may also include neglect, which is defined as the refusal or failure to care for an older person.

The Lethbridge Elder Abuse Response Network (LEARN) is a collaboration of human services organizations that responds to and provides education, awareness and advocacy for everyone that may be affected by abuse. The network consists of a full-time Case Manager, a part time Coordinator, a Steering Committee made up of representatives from Alberta Health Services, Lethbridge Police Service, Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization, City of Lethbridge and representatives from 29 human support service agencies.

The speakers will review what elder abuse may include. They will also detail several measures to deal with such abuse as well as preventative action that can be taken to protect potential victims and their families, friends and caregivers.

Speakers: Rob Miyashiro, one of the founders of LEARN, Joanne Blinco, LEARN Case Manager, Lavonn Mutch, LEARN coordidator and Erin Vogt who is the Coordinator of Support Programs for LSCO and part of LEARN

Moderator: Chelsea Sherbut

Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018
Time: Doors open 11:30 am, Presentation 12 noon, buffet lunch 12:30 pm, Q&A 1 – 1:30 pm
Location: Royal Canadian Legion (north door) 324 Mayor Magrath Dr. S. Lethbridge
Cost: $14 buffet lunch with desert & coffee/tea/juice or $2 coffee/tea/juice. RSVP not required


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