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Judy Beranger MA, is the president of Family Mediation Canada. Drawing on her expertise as a recognized leader in the field, we had a conversation about the practice of Elder Mediation.

It can sometimes be difficult recognizing and navigating family conflicts. One option for people facing these challenges with older people is mediation, specifically Elder Mediation. Elder Mediation can be useful in scenarios where families are managing a variety of age-related issues, such as:

  • Care for the caregiver
  • Safety issues, including abuse and neglect
  • Family disagreements, ranging from religious differences to arguments over family assets
  • Financial decisions
  • Medical conditions, including progressive dementia and other memory impairments, and medical decisions
  • Major life changes, including retirement, blended family situations and changes in living arrangements, and major life or end of life decisions, including power of attorney, guardianship, estate planning, etc.

As conflicts become more complex, coming to a mutual understanding or agreement may sometimes seem impossible. And yet, if a resolution is not reached, this can cause aggravated issues.

Elder Mediation involves a neutral, trained mediator who facilitates focused conversations among participants, working towards conflict prevention and resolution. Participants experience firsthand how the process can prevent the delays, stress and financial burdens of standard court trials.

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CNPEA Annual General Meeting 
Thursday, September 21, 2023 

10 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time)/ 
1 PM to 2:30 PM (Eastern time) 

All members of the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse are entitled to vote during our Annual General Meeting. 

Please join us on September 21, 2023 to elect a new slate of Board members and hear about our activities and plans for the future.

The meeting will be held online via Zoom. Registration is required to participate. You can register by clicking here.

The 2023 annual report, financials, and the list of candidates to the Board will be circulated to CNPEA members by email in September.


  • How will I join the meeting?
    Once you have registered, you will receive an automated email containing the Zoom link that will allow you to join the virtual meeting on September 21st.

  • How do I know if I'm a member? 
    If you receive our monthly newsletters and have received this email directly from us, you are a member and are entitled to vote.

Register early!

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CNPEA, SeniorsNL and the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre recently participated in an interview for the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation's podcast Community of Innovation to discuss financial abuse, frauds and scams targeting older adults.

Community of Innovation is where topics on ingenuity, aging and brain health collide. CABHI talks to experts in healthcare, research, technology and business, as well as older adults and their caregivers, about the innovative practices and healthtech solutions helping us all lead longer, healthier lives. The podcast is hosted by Dr. Allison Sekuler (President and Chief Scientist at CABHI) and Dr. Rosanne Aleong (Director of Research, Innovation, and Translation at CABHI).

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In 2010, The Elder Mistreatment Helpline (Ligne Aide Abus Aînés, LAAA for short) launched as part of the first Governmental Action Plan to Counter Elder Abuse. LAAA, managed by the health network of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal, replaced the 1995 volunteer Info-Abuse line.

With the renewal of this action plan, first in 2017 and then again in 2022, the line remained in operation, and on April 6, the Act to combat maltreatment of seniors and other adults in vulnerable situations was enhanced. The Government of Québec details this enhancement as “an effort to strengthen the fight against the maltreatment of seniors and other persons of full age in vulnerable situations and to monitor the quality of health and social services.” Now, with the release of a third instalment of this plan, maintaining the services of a help, assessment and referral centre for mistreatment, LAAA has been given a new name.

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is a reminder of the ongoing need to advocate for the rights of older adults. On June 15, CNPEA and partners Elder Abuse Prevention OntarioB.C. Association of  Community Response Networks, and CanAge hosted a national online event to commemorate WEAAD. A summary of highlights and key takeaways follows.


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