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womanactRESEARCH PARTICIPANTS NEEDED

The Woman Abuse Council of Toronto (WomanAct) seeks to understand senior immigrant women’s unique experiences of economic abuse and create best practice recommendations for supporting senior immigrant women at risk of economic abuse in Toronto.

WomanACT is seeking participants who.

  • Identify as women
  • Are over 55 years of age
    • Have immigrated to Canada in the past 20 years,
  • Live in Ontario
  • Have experienced economic abuse in a family context

The research is confidential and research participants will be given a $50 e-gift certificate. Interpretation will be available.

Click here to download the poster.



Contact:
Premila Chellapermal, Project Coordinator
Tel: 416-944-9242 Ext 236 or email: .

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CNPEA was thrilled to collaborate with the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) and Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario (EAPO) to develop a virtual workshop on Initiating a Dialogue on Dementia & Elder Abuse. The Alzheimer Society of Ontario and Alzheimer Society of B.C. provided crucial input along the way.

This workshop, hosted by trained older adults will be available online (for the time being), and hosted multiple times over the next few months.
The first available date is November 29, 2021 at 2 PM Eastern and will be hosted by community supporters The 519. REGISTER HERE



A few facts about elder abuse and dementia:

  • NICE's National Prevalence Study of the Mistreatment of Older Adults in Canada revealed that older adults who experience a situation of abuse tend to turn to their peers and friends before anyone else to talk about their abuse.

  • Among older adults living with dementia, increased cognitive and physical impairments highten the risk of experiencing abuse and neglect.

  • According to the World Health Organization (2016), globally, approximately 2 out of 3 people living with dementia have  experienced abused.  


iddea general poster nov2021About NICE's project

  • The overarching goal of the project is to educate older adults, particularly those living with dementia, as well as their caregivers, supporters and friends about elder abuse and neglect.
    • NICE aims to help build a strong, informed system of support and prevention around older adults. into building a strong, informed system of support and prevention.
  • A peer-based approach was chosen to  bring a unique perspective to older adults and community members.
     
  • The workshops will be delivered by trained older adults with the support of the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE).

 

 

Objectives:

  • Awareness: Foster a space to raise awareness about elder abuse and neglect among people who live with dementia.
  • Knowledge: Provide the most up to date information and resources.
  • Research: Gatther data on the effectiveness of the workshops.
  • Empowerment: Support older adults and people impacted by elder abuse and neglect to speak up and intervene.


More information and contact



 

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CNPEA is very excited to introduce Linda Sullivan, our new Project Manager for the STOP-GBV project (Stopping Older Person Gender Based Violence in Women 55 years of age and older Through Promising Practices). We asked Linda to introduce herself and share some her past experience and passions. 

I hlinda sullivan profile picave had the pleasure of living most of my life in central Ontario, surrounded by the breathtakingly beautiful boreal forest, ancient rocks, and an abundance of awe-inspiring wildlife. I have two passions: my gardens and my companion Pionus parrots Keito (18) and Abby (almost 30). I absolutely love plants, so much so that I live by the motto “there’s always room for just one more”! My favourite flowers are peonies, particularly the double pink and red varieties. I eagerly anticipate the arrival of spring each year as late spring brings the stately and trustworthy re-emergence of glorious peony flowers throughout the garden. 

My career began in health planning and policy development in what was then the district health council system in Ontario in the early 90’s. Planning portfolios included long term care, community support services, mental health and addictions, and women’s health. From those early days I took on new opportunities over the last 25 plus years at the regional, provincial and national level that included working with healthcare professionals and frontline staff, seniors and caregivers, social services providers, educators, community developers, and Indigenous communities in the areas of health services planning, program development, health transformation, northern animal medicine programming, Indigenous education, and child welfare.

Seniors have always held a special place in my heart, career, and volunteer activities. I strongly believe that seniors’ voices have been muted by many in Canadian society, especially governments by way of their inaction and often avoidance in dealing with the myriad of health, emotional, social, personal safety and financial issues that impact Canadian seniors daily. Violence against older women in particular is a reality in the lives of far too many. I am honoured to be joining a passionate team working to build a violence-free society where older women can live safe, self-fulfilling lives in all spaces across Canada.

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  • For more updates about the Stop GBV project, check back on this site soon, sign for our monthly newsletter here or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


This project is funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada.

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SUMMARY
CNPEA is hiring a Project Manager for a project focused on enhancing support for older women who experience gender-based violence.

Length of contract: one-year contract, renewable over the course of the 5-year project
Hours per week: 32
Compensation: $62,000/year for 32hrs/week
Start date: As soon as possible

ABOUT THE PROJECT
The CNPEA is starting work on a new project (funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada). The project will aim to develop promising practices for front-line workers to better address the needs of older women experiencing gender-based violence. This multi-year project involves a collaboration with other national and provincial organizations.

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By Laura Griffin

If you are reading this, congrats, you are getting older. Although getting older is a part of life and should be a positive experience, it often isn’t. As a matter of fact, our society has created unfortunate barriers for our ageing population, most of them fuelled by ageism.

 

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