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Senior Ambassadors: Senior Abuser Signs and Symptoms (SASS)

Thanks to the generosity of the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, we are privileged to be able to start The Senior Ambassadors: Senior Abuser Signs and Symptoms (SASS) Program. 

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The role of an Ambassador is to expand awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse. For the last few weeks I have been attending a course given by JSA to prepare volunteers to become Ambassadors.

We were eleven individuals and I was deeply moved and amazed by the enthusiasm and willingness to learn by these individuals willing to devote their lives to help seniors in our community. “What a bunch of wonderful people.” We all became good friends in our sincere desire to help our fellow elders.

Several years ago JSA realized that abuse is becoming a more prevalent problem. As we were preparing for our first Symposium on Seniors’ Abuse, I visited with a rabbi in our community asking him to be a speaker at the symposium. “There is no serious senior abuse in our community”, he said. However, when I presented the facts about abuse to him, the evidence could not be disputed.

Serge Haber
President Emeritus