Canada’s population is ageing and the problem of elder abuse has emerged as one of the most challenging issues. Abuse has devastating effects on the emotional, intellectual, social and physical wellness of older adults.
Calgary Police Service reports that nearly 1 in 10 seniors report some kind of abuse, including financial, psychological, physical and/or neglect. Sadly, most elder abuse cases are never reported because people feel ashamed or embarrassed, don’t understand the signs and symptoms of abuse or don’t know what resources are available to help them.
Seniors struggling with abuse often live in fear and isolation and don’t know where to turn for help. We’re on a mission to make sure they have a safe and supportive place to go.
Since 1979, we’ve operated a residential shelter for seniors facing elder abuse or homelessness. Kerby Rotary Shelter gives seniors fleeing abuse a fresh start. We offer a safe and welcoming place to stay, and help people regain their confidence, sense of peace and place in the community.
Help us break the cycle of abuse and provide comfort and support to vulnerable seniors when they need it most.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking such good care of me through this terrible time in my life. You helped me when I was exhausted. You provided me with food so I could begin to eat again. You listened to me and heard my pain and heartache and never made me feel judged or ashamed. You encouraged me and allowed me the time for me to stand up again. I will always be grateful.” – Shelter client