By Horacio Tereja
On March 23 2017, Latin@s en Toronto and the Association of Spanish Speaking Seniors of Toronto (ASHTOR) celebrated the completion of two projects aimed at and led by older adults, in the presence of representatives from several community organizations and of Ontario's Minister of Seniors Affairs, Dipika Damerla.
One of the projects (Sharing our lives/Empowering ourselves, funded by the New Horizons for Seniors Program) was focused on intergenerational dialogue, while the other (Let’s Talk, funded by the Ontario Seniors Secretariat) had the objective of sharing and increasing knowledge among seniors on issues such as elder abuse and neglect, Alzheimer’s disease or demographic ageing.
Join CNPEA and many other Elder Abuse prevention stakeholders, including members of the Elder Justice League, for the next #NCEAnow Twitter Chat on Thursday, April 20th 2017 at 2pm EST.
Come ready to share your WEAAD event planning tips & tricks or related questions. This is a great opportunity to share and promote your organization or agency's WEAAD plans for Canada and the US (and beyond!). You can also send details of your WEAAD event to CNPEA via our event form. If you are in the US, add your event information to the NCEA's event map.
Here are the questions that will be addressed during this one-hour Twitter event:
Q1: What does #WEAAD mean to you? Why is #WEAAD important to you?
Q2: Is #WEAAD recognized in your community? How do you make #elderabuse compelling to various audiences?
Q3: How do you plan and host a successful #WEAAD event?
Q4: What WEAAD activities are you planning this year? How do you ensure these activities make lasting effects in your community?
Q5: What does your organization do throughout the year to address #elderabuse?
Q6: How do you capture the impact of yearly #WEAAD events and efforts?
Never done this before? Not to worry, NCEA, the host of the Twitter Chat series #NCEANow, will run through all the basics at the start of the event! All you need is a Twitter handle!
By Charles Bergeron
Senior Advisor, Patient and Public Engagement
Canadian Medical Association
Dear member of the Alliance for a National Seniors Strategy,
This past week, Marc Serré, the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ontario riding of Nickel Belt, tabled a motion in the House of Commons calling on the federal government to “ensure quality of life and equality for all seniors [through] the development of a National Seniors Strategy.”
UBC Press recently announced the publication of Contesting Elder Abuse and Neglect by Joan R. Harbison.
"Drawing on twenty years of original, interdisciplinary research, Contesting Elder Abuse and Neglect explores how and why the mistreatment of older people became known as “elder abuse and neglect” and the consequences of this designation.''
The paperback is not yet released to the general public. If you wish to purchase the paperback for professional development purposes, you can fill out this advance paperback order form and return by email.
ABOUT THE BOOK
''The mistreatment of diverse older people in varying ways is categorized in many societies as "elder abuse and neglect," yet this concept has not been subjected to rigorous critical inquiry. Instead, it has most often represented the interests of professionals, academics, and governments, while policy makers and researchers frequently overlook or disregard the complexity of issues that fall under this designation.
The first comprehensive, scholarly critique of the subject, Contesting Elder Abuse and Neglect questions existing assumptions about the mistreatment of older people. It explores how and why the concept of "elder abuse and neglect" came to be and shows how this catch-all term masks fundamental problems concerning the mistreatment of older people, their place in society, and how they see themselves. Joan R. Harbison and her colleagues expose how the abilities, needs, and wishes of older people who are perceived as victims are ignored or go unheard and how the supposed solutions to abusive treatment can take their toll on those people they were originally intended to protect.
Grounded in twenty years of interdisciplinary empirical research, Contesting Elder Abuse and Neglect is an important, much-needed contribution to the literature, which supports and encourages new thinking about issues concerning older people.''
Source: UBC Press