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Pink Shirt Day: Not Just a Day for Kids…Older Adults and Bullying

Media Release


Windsor-Essex County: Wednesday, February 26 is Pink Shirt Day.

Family Services Windsor-Essex (FSWE) is supporting the anti-bullying campaign to help raise awareness of bullying of older adults: #PinkShirtDayForAll.

In a 1recent Canadian study, preliminary reports identified that 57% of English-speaking older adult respondents reported being bullied in the last 4 months.

Did you know… that through our Elder Abuse Response Service, FSWE helps older adults deal with neglect, bullying and abuse? Elder Abuse can include:

  • Financial or property misuse
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Mental or Emotional abuse
  • Caregiver neglect or self-neglect

This year Elder Abuse Ontario in collaboration with the Windsor-Essex Elder Abuse Prevention Network is offering a free ½ day Train the Trainer workshop for professionals in our community.

This training was created and tested to support bystanders to:

  • Understand the relationship between ageism and abuse of older adults
  • Interrupt the social isolation that goes with abusive relationships by:
    • Recognize warning signs
    • Respond with a conversation that can open the door for support
    • Refer to services and supports that are available in the community


What:       It’s Not Right! Changing the Conversation to Stop Abuse of Older Adults

                  Train the trainer workshop for professionals working in our community

When:      Wednesday, March 11, 2020 12:30-4:30pm

Where:     Alzheimer Society Windsor & Essex County


For further information, please contact Mehnaz Rafat, Program Coordinator of FSWE’s 2Elder Abuse Response Service, at [email protected], or 519-966-5010 x1035.

Media Coverage:  Biz X Magazine, CKLW AM800Windsor Star.


1CNPEA – Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

2FSWE – Elder Abuse Response Service

3Anti-Bullying Campaign – Fact Sheet

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