June 15th was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and Service for Seniors is looking to make sure that elder abuse in Portage is stopped.

Senior Resource Coordinator Kaylee Hannah says they sold lunches for $10 at the Herman Pryor Centre on the day to raise money for the organization, as well as selling raffle tickets. She mentions that elder abuse isn't some rare phenomenon, and it, unfortunately, happens more often than you'd think.

"There are so many different types of elder abuse," notes Hannah. "There's financial, physical, mental, so we're just here to raise awareness about all of that and put the money back into our programs."

She adds they also make brochures and do presentations so they can raise awareness, not just for this issue, but for any other situation elders could face in the future. Hannah also explains that they don't get any money from the government, so they rely entirely on donations to keep going.

"We are always accepting donations, so monetary donations or even physical donations," says Hannah. "We also do food drives, so food donations are also appreciated, and with the gardening season coming up, we're looking for produce."

To learn more about what Service for Seniors does for the elderly in Portage, click here.