Constable Mark McCabe Vulnerable Persons Coordinator
Working closely with Seniors community and people living with disabilities
On May 7, 2013, Toronto City Council unanimously adopted the “Toronto Seniors Strategy." Effectively, the strategy is a partnership between the City of Toronto and numerous local agencies, working together to develop and implement initiatives to support older Torontonians. Of the 91 recommendations made, 90, including all 11 that named the Toronto Police Service (TPS) as the lead have been implemented.
On the heels of this remarkable success, a second set of recommendations – dubbed Toronto Senior Strategy 2.0, was drafted and subsequently adopted by City Council in 2018. TPS and its partners are actively engaged in the implementation of these 25 most recent recommendations. Implementation of these recommendations fall under the portfolio of TPS’ Vulnerable Persons Coordinator (VPC). TPS will remain proud partners of the Toronto Senior Strategy as our city strives to maintain its World Health Organization designated status as an Age Friendly City.
This advisory committee was assembled by the VPC in the summer and fall of 2016. A vast array of community Stakeholders sit on the committee, including representatives of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, City of Toronto, Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto Community Housing, WEL Partners Estate Litigation Firm, Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, Mt Sinai Hospital, Canadian Centre on Elder Law, Alzheimer Society of Toronto and Toronto Community Care Access Centre.
This advisory committee was assembled by the VPC in the summer and fall of 2016. Its current membership includes representation from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Autism Speaks Canada, Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario, the Bob Rumball Foundation for the Deaf, the Brain Injury Society of Toronto, March of Dimes Canada, Community Living Toronto and Progress Place.
The VPC sits on numerous external committees, including
Elder abuse may happen to any older person regardless of gender, culture, race, financial status, mental or physical condition. Abuse may occur more frequently to those older persons who are socially isolated.
If you feel that you have been a victim of elder abuse, or someone you know may be a victim, you can report the incident by contacting Toronto Police at 416-808-2222. In an Emergency dial 9-1-1.
If you or someone you know needs support, please contact the Distress Centre at 416-408-4357.
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