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This Wednesday, June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), a time to reflect on how we show care and respect for the valued older persons in our society. Older persons who helped build this country are too often victims of neglect and abuse, including physical, psychological, financial, and sexual. Often, this abuse is carried out by a person in a position of trust, such as a family member or care provider. Roughly 10 per cent of older Canadians are victims of crime each year, according to the Government of Canada. This year's theme – "Rights Don't Get Old" – speaks to how all people deserve to live in dignity. We know that the risks of elder abuse are exacerbated by issues around access to housing, income, and health services, particularly for racialized and marginalized communities.
UHN/Sinai Health's Healthy Ageing & Geriatrics Program is at the cutting edge of innovating in the care of older Canadians, particularly the complex and the frail. The group has developed an
online Elder Abuse resource, which includes warning signs and valuable resources for victim support.
This week (June 12-18) is National Blood Donor Week: Each year, UHN dispenses nearly 100,000 blood products to patients including red cells, platelets, and plasma. The Laboratory Medicine Program's (LMP) Blood Transfusion Laboratories (BTL) are home to comprehensive, 24-hour blood transfusion services for all surgical and clinical programs across UHN. BTL support is critical for complex cardiovascular, transplantation, bone marrow transplant, and surgical oncology procedures as well as immunology programs. Over the past year, despite challenges with the pandemic and service reductions, UHN's blood use continued to increase, reflecting undiminished needs and high service volumes to critical health services. There continues to be an urgent need for blood donation across the province and country. Only a small percentage of the population donates. Thank you to the TeamUHN members who help strengthen Canada's lifeline and support patients by rolling up their sleeves to donate blood. To learn more about how you can become a donor, review the list of eligibility requirements and take the two-minute eligibility quiz. If you are determined to be eligible online, you will be able to
book your first appointment.
Michener's convocation ceremony is taking place on Saturday, June 18th. It's Michener's first in-person convocation since the start of the pandemic and I'm honoured to give the opening remarks at the ceremony (UHN's masking mandate is in place for Michener grads and staff at the event). Michener students and grads are a valuable part of TeamUHN and I'm constantly amazed by their commitment to excellence. Congratulations to the class of 2022!
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