Fort residents of all ages walked to bring awareness to the mistreatment of senior citizens.
June 15 is the internationally recognized "World Elder Abuse Awareness Day," in which people are encouraged to wear purple and discuss elder abuse in support of seniors.
"The objective of the day is to bring greater recognition of mistreatment of older adults wherever they live throughout the world and to highlight the need for appropriate action," said Jennifer Hoyer, seniors' coordinator with Family and Community Support Services. "We bring this out in the community. We do a walk so that people can see us and talk about what's going on."
About 100 people joined in the walk, which began at Dr. Turner Lodge, went about 500m down 95 St. and then returned to the Lodge. Notable participants included Mayor Gale Katchur and many local children.
"Elder abuse can often be quite a hidden type of abuse," added Hoyer. "We want people to know that there are resources out there and things they can do if something is happening to them or a loved one."
While seniors face many barriers in communicating instances of elder abuse, a significant contributor to the silence is the fact that perpetrators of elder abuse are often trusted and loved by those being victimized.
"It's these types of events that show them (seniors) who the people are in the community that they can go to and let them know that there's things that can happen," Hoyer explained. "You don't just have to end the relationship, it can be worked on."
After the walk, participants were invited inside Dr. Turner Lodge for ice cream and an address by the Mayor.