Theatre group visits seniors’ buildings to raise awareness of elder abuse
(ACT II Studio members performing The Faces of Elder Abuse at Broadview Manor.)
Somewhere between 4 and 10 percent of seniors in Canada experience some kind of abuse. At Toronto Community Housing, more than 26,000 of tenants are seniors.
The program called The Faces of Elder Abuse came to Broadview Manor in June. It was performed by ACT II Studio for Seniors Month and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day which takes place every year on June 15.
The show is about elder abuse awareness and prevention. It looks at some of the issues that seniors may face. The performance engages the audience, helps with discussion and provides information on where to find more resources.
The visit at Broadview Manor was part of a project supported by a group of councils within the Seniors Directorate. It was in partnership with the City of Toronto Supportive Housing Services unit.
Performances will be held for Toronto Community Housing tenants in other Seniors Directorate buildings. Watch for more information from your council.
ACT II Studio is a theatre program for adults 50 and older. It is part of the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University. For more information visit http://www.ryerson.ca/~act2/.