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 How Do We Get To SAFETY PLANNING Webinar Series - Part 2
Understanding and Responding to Responsive Behaviours to Support Older Adults and their Caregivers

Thursday, March 21st, 2019
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Free webinar - REGISTER HERE

Assessing risk is how we get to safety planning.
Different kinds of risk can arise in older adult relationships, where cognitive impairment is present. When domestic violence occurs how prepared are social service and health care professionals to support older adults in domestic violence situations?

This webinar will explain how to assess risk, the importance of supporting older adults and their caregivers living with dementia, and the importance of working collaboratively with various disciplines to provide a holistic view of these complex situations, that may include domestic violence.
Working together to better understand risk, we can provide support and increase safety for everyone. We hope that you can join us.  

Elder Abuse Ontario partnered with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario to update our Safety Planning Toolkit to include communication strategies for safety planning for individuals living with dementia.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the role of Behavioural Supports Ontario (HNHB LHIN) to support older adults with responsive behaviours and their caregivers.
  • Gaining insight on the difference between responsive behaviors vs coercive control when domestic violence occurs. 
  • Becoming knowledgeable of BSO tools to assess changes in risk and approaches to safety planning within the context of responsive behaviours. 
  • Learning about collaborative team approaches in service provision that support older adults living at-risk to optimize senior's functioning and quality of life. 
  • Becoming aware of safety planning options for the person with dementia and their care partner and interventions to maintain wellness. 
  • Learning about the Safe Pathways Project and the importance of connecting with support services.


  • Sudha Vavilla  M.Phil, MSW, RSW
    Team Lead - BSO Clinicians, Community and Intensive Case Management
    Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton and Halton
  • Jody Weiler, B.A. B.A.Sc., MSW, RSW
    Vulnerable Seniors Team Lead, CMHA, Waterloo-Wellington
  • Cathy Sturdy Smith, MSc
    Manager, Specialized Geriatric Services, CMHA, Waterloo-Wellington
  • Laura Sullivan 
    Seniors at Risk Clinical Consultant, CMHA, Waterloo-Wellington

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