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By Lori Mars, JD
Reposted with permission from the National Center on Elder Abuse (US).

Three years ago, as 86-year-old Evelyn was cooking dinner for herself and her 60-year-old son, Manny, who lived in the apartment next door, the pair began to argue about a subject neither can now recall. Though the origins of the disagreement are unclear, the events that followed have been unforgettable. The quarrel quickly devolved into a physical altercation, with Manny dragging his mother to her bedroom, ramming her head into her mattress, and threatening to kill her. While Evelyn gasped for air, Manny placed a pillow on his mother’s head, forcing her face back into the bed, before releasing his hold on the breathless woman and returning to his apartment. One hour later, Manny, who has a long history of mental illness, returned, banging on the door and demanding entry. Fearing for her safety, Evelyn called police and Manny was arrested.

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How we think about aging today will define our future. When we let ageism shape our thoughts, behaviours and policies, we harm older Canadians today, and we also impact the lives that we hope to live as we age.

In the new animated video, Future You, Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario and CNPEA encourage Canadians to recognize ageism, and to think about the kind of future we want. We hope it will empower people of all ages to stand up for seniors' rights, and to push back against ageist prejudice and discrimination.

This video was developed by Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario in collaboration with CNPEA and the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children (CREVWAC), and funded by the Department of Justice Canada for Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2021.

Video available in French and in English.

The Future You

 

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By Krista James, Canadian Centre for Elder Law

seniorsadvocatebc_hiddenandinvisible_nov2021_cover.pngOn December 8, the BC Seniors Advocate released a systemic review of elder abuse and neglect in British Columbia. The report Hidden and Invisible indicates elder abuse is on the rise. It draws a parallel with child abuse, finding BC’s policy regime deficient partly due to the lack of a centralized elder abuse reporting line. Media coverage has emphasized this clarion call to develop a single point of contact for reporting elder abuse and neglect in BC.

The problem with this messaging is that older people are not children. Consequently, they are entitled to both privacy and respect for their decision-making autonomy. 

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In July 2019, the Government of Alberta released Addressing Elder Abuse: A Toolkit for Developing a Coordinated Community Response to help communities develop a framework to address elder abuse at the local level. 

A CCR model involves a group of organizations and/or service providers working together to achieve common goals related to addressing elder abuse. These may include coordinating services for those affected by elder abuse, effective prevention strategies, and increased safety and security of older people in Alberta. By developing and implementing CCR models that are rooted in collaborative partnerships, communities can leverage the knowledge, services, and expertise of multiple partners, and provide more effective approaches to addressing elder abuse.

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The Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) is seeking proposals to provide evaluation of its STOP -GBV project, a project focused on enhancing support for older women who experience gender-based violence.

 

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