Seniors are at an increased risk for certain health and safety concerns. Some of these are physical, such as falls and injuries. Other risks involve having a senior's trust taken advantage of. This is a form of elder abuse.

Be sure to check the Durham Regional Police's senior support page for information about elder abuse. You can learn more about scams, fraud and online safety on the DRPS Fraud and Financial Crimes page.

Mental and cognitive health

Mental health issues can affect people of all ages. Mental health is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed of. 

Visit the Alzheimer's Society of Durham Region website to learn more about seniors' mental health.

Powers of Attorney

In Canada, you can give legal power to someone to make legal decisions for you. These decisions can be for your property or personal care. This document is called a Power of Attorney. You can set up a Power of Attorney in case something happens to you and you are unable to make decisions for yourself. 

Your Power of Attorney for property and the one for personal care can be different. You do not have to name the same person for these documents.

You may prevent seniors' fraud if you have a Power of Attorney that appoints a friend or loved one to sign documents or manage your bank account on your behalf.

You can make changes to, cancel or revoke a Power of Attorney under certain conditions. 

It is important that you understand all the terms and conditions in your Power of Attorney. Learn more about Powers of Attorney and your legal rights

Elder abuse

Elder abuse can range from showing a lack of respect for a senior to misusing their trust. This can also include physical abuse.

Learn about elder abuse and how to prevent and stop it.

To report elder abuse, contact:

  • Region of Durham, Seniors' Safety Advisor: 905-668-7711 ext. 2460
  • Durham Regional Police, Seniors Support Coordinator: 905-579-1520 ext. 5624
  • Seniors CRIMESTOPPERS: 1-800-222-8477

Elder Abuse Ontario:  1-866-299-1011

Long-term care

See the Region of Durham's long-term care facilities for seniors. There are also private long-term care facilities in the region.

In-home care

The Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) helps seniors stay in their homes while receiving in-home care. The CCAC runs adult day programs. They can also help you apply for other long-term care options. 

Contact the CCAC  for more information.

Adult day programs

Adult day programs are for people with cognitive impairments who need full-time care. The Region of Durham has three adult day programs.

Falls and injury prevention

Injuries from falls are a major concern for seniors. Staying active and being aware are the best ways to prevent a fall or an injury from a fall.

Seniors are also at a greater risk for environmental health concerns. This includes extreme weather injuries. Learn about seniors' safety during extreme heat and extreme cold.

Staying active and healthy

Do you want to join activities and meet new people? Check out recreation and learning centres and classes for seniors.

Further reading

The Region of Durham website and the Durham Regional Police website are good resources for more seniors' safety information and access to care and service options.

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