We, the Elder Advocates Of Alberta Society, speak in defense of the frail, dependent elderly.
We lobby for senior rights, charter rights, constitutional rights and human rights.
We challenge the injustices which are perpetrated against seniors.
We are raising the consciousness and conscience concerning the aged.
Those who have endured hardships, the Great Depression, fought two World Wars, faithfully paid their taxes and never asked for handouts.
They worked from dawn to sunset, theirs was a difficult and arduous life.
They welcomed strangers in their midst and never locked their doors.
They now deserve adequate, dignified, compassionate care.
Old age should be a time of fullness and completion.
In Alberta elder care facilities, seniors can be harmed with impunity because there is no viable, enforceable, protective legislation.
In Alberta, the Human Rights legislation fails to include seniors in the area where they are most vulnerable. Sections 4 & 5 of the Act excludes age in the area of goods, services, accommodation, facilities and tenancy.
In Alberta, the Adult Guardian and Trusteeship Act, strips all rights from vulnerable senior citizens, granting absolute power to a guardian and trustee. There is no onus of duty of care on the guardian or trustee to act in the dependant adult’s best interests. Furthermore, these legal appointees are virtually untouchable because there is no provision within the legislation to hold them accountable. (See Adult Guardian and Trusteeship Act and Competency Issues)
In Alberta, the rights and final wishes of the maker of a Personal Directive or Power of Attorney, are not protected by the legislation. The Personal Directive or Power of Attorney can be easily overturned by the court thereby disregarding and permanently voiding the wishes of the maker. There appears to be no ready, viable remedy if the Directive was not carried out according to the written wishes of the maker. (See Deceptive Government Publication)
In Alberta, there is no requirement to register enacted Personal Directives and Powers of Attorney with government. This failure allows estate theft, a hidden crime which can be carried out with impunity.
In Alberta, there is no intent to afford vulnerable elderly, protection, safety or justice.
In Alberta, the Alberta Mental Health Review Panel holds hearings in a quasi-judicial manner, but without minutes or transcriptions.
It is time to for legislators to legislate rights and protection for seniors.
See Report “A Critical Review of the Scalding of Jenny Nelson“
We believe elder abuse can be eradicated.
We understand that the nature of elder care is in essence big business, the elderly being the commodity. We also understand, that to challenge the present system, there may be retribution from those who benefit from and are protected by a vast sphere of influence and power.
We shall move forward, with intent and action, past the rhetoric and posturing.
We shall continue to identify those who abuse senior Albertans.
We shall continue to demand equal rights, equal protection and equal safety for senior Albertans.
“Hold back those staggering toward death If you say, ‘But we knew nothing about this, does not He who weighs the heart perceive
it? Does He who guards your life know it?’”
-Proverbs, 24:11 & 12 NIV.
- Legislated Protection – Letter to Honourable Mary Anne Jablonski
- Legislated Protection – Letter to Honourable Lindsay Blackett
- Legislated Protection – Personal Directive Legislation
- Camera Surveillance – Letter to Honourable Yvonne Fritz
- Guarantee for Safety – Letter to Honourable Iris Evans
- Addressing Competency Issues – Letter to Honourable Allison Redford
- Professional Monitoring – Letter to Jeanne Besner, CARNA (formerly AARN)
To initiate change.
To stir society’s conscience.
The care and treatment of the elderly is one of the greatest moral and social issues of our time.
We are building this website to provide a snapshot, a comprehensive picture of the widespread systemic abuse & criminal acts which are perpetrated against seniors. Abuse, that exists not only in nursing homes but in every part of the community. The website will clearly portray that this societal blight is not only allowed but facilitated by all segments and levels of Alberta society.