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Elder abuse prevention workshop offered in Richmond

The free workshop is being held on Tuesday, Feb. 1.
A free workshop on elder abuse is being held tomorrow.

Richmond residents aged 55 and above are invited to learn ways to protect themselves from mistreatment on Wednesday.

The BC Association of Community Response Networks (BC CRN), is holding an interactive elder abuse prevention workshop at South Arm Community Centre on Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The workshop will look at understanding the warning signs of abuse, learning how to respond as a bystander, and recognizing the available resources in the community that offer protection for the elderly.

There will also be a demonstration on how to have a conversation with possible abuse victims.

BC CRN currently has more than 86 response networks across communities in the province. These networks provide information on how the elderly can identify abuse being experienced by themselves or others, as well as other various programs to help vulnerable adults.

Sharon Johnson, director of administration of BC CRN, said abuse can appear in many forms.

"Everyone can play an important role in the community in keeping others safe, secure and independent. Our programs discuss ageism, identify warning signs of abuse and offer support and resources to keep each other safe," Johnson said.

The workshop is also available in Cantonese on Feb. 8.

The event can be registered online, by phone (604-276-4300), or in-person at any community facility.

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