Nan Normand at the Northwest Legal Clinic adds seniors should be wary of co-signing for loans or signing power-of-attorney documents.

"When you co-sign for a loan, you co-sign for the responsibility. It's not like the car will come to you, if they default. The only thing that comes to you is the debt," Normand emphasizes.

Cases at the legal clinic have involved bullying or emotional manipulation, she says.

"As we age, there are many ways we can't pitch in as we used to. So, we try to give, and -- unfortunately -- some of  us are giving more than we should," she noted.

Seniors in Kenora are also concerned about elder abuse. At city hall, Mary Bawden presented a delegation to council recently.

"Elder abuse refers to intentional or negligent acts by a trusted individual or a caregiver that causes harm to an older person," she said. "Elder abuse occurs in all cultures and economic groups and across settings."

Bawden notes the abuse can take different forms:

  • neglect or isolation
  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • financial abuse and exploitation
  • emotional or psychological abuse

Bawden is part of the city's age-friendly steering committee. It's been working on ways to help the community become more accessible for seniors.

For more information:

Elder abuse resources

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