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Betrayal of Trust—Elder Abuse and Neglect

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
December 14th, 2011

OLD GROWTH—A radio series about life after 65

Produced by Bill Metcalfe for Kootenay Co-Op Radio in Nelson in October, funded by a New Horizons For Seniors grant.

Air times: Mondays at 8:30 am and Thursdays at 2 pm. The next show is:

Betrayal of Trust—Elder Abuse and Neglect

  • Dec. 15, Christie Heuston, Gail Russell

When Christie Heuston and Gail Russell talk to groups, whether it be student nurses or groups of seniors, they say most people in the group are aware of at least one instance of the financial or physical abuse/neglect of a senior. It’s a more common problem than we would like to think.

Financial abuse is the inappropriate use of a senior’s money or property, often by a family member caregiver. Physical abuse often stems from frustration and exhaustion. Neglect of a vulnerable person can be a form of abuse.

Christie and Gail explain how caregivers’ feelings of entitlement and resentment are often the driving force behind abuse or neglect.

And they tell us about their work bringing education and awareness to the community through their work with the Elder Abuse Prevention Program at the Seniors Coordinating Society in Nelson.

Podcasts of the series will be available on the KCR website at


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