Few know what elder abuse looks like and fewer talk about it. So, it stays behind closed doors.

A partnership team comprising researchers from the department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba and community partners and advisors A&O Support Services for Older Adults (Manitoba), the Saskatoon Council on Aging, and the Kerby Centre, have developed the video Who Should I Tell?. It aims to increase awareness of the abuse of older adults and to foster dialogue. The goal is to encourage disclosure and discussion among older adults, family and friends. 

The original video was released for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2021. It has successfully been helping residents of the prairies start to talk about elder abuse, regardless of language. It is now also available in French, German, Punjabi, Tagalog and Plains Cree. Click the language to view the video:

Please share this video to help your community partners, agencies, older adults, and family members. You can share your feedback with Dr. Kerstin Roger, Professor, Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, .

If you notice abusive situations among your friends, family, neighbors and community, it is important to talk about it. If you are experiencing abuse, talking to someone you trust is the first step in reducing the harm and staying safe. If you are unsure how to start the conversation, or if you need more information to learn about the signs of elder abuse, reach out to your local senior centre as a first step, or visit cnpea.ca. You can find helplines and support services in your Province or Territory on the CNPEA's  Find Help page.

Who Can You Tell? Video:
Principal Investigator:  Dr. Kerstin Roger, Professor, Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, .
Co-Investigators: Dr. Donna Goodridge (Sask), Dr. Christine A. Walsh (AB), Stacey Miller (A&O Support Services for Older Adults, Inc, Manitoba)
Community Advisory Committee Representatives (SCOA, Kerby Centre, A&O Support Services Inc)


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