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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Ontario, November 14, 2022 - The Réseau de prévention de la maltraitance des aîné.e.s francophones de l’Ontario (RPMAFO) held its first constitutive general meeting on November 8, 2022. 

This general meeting is the culmination of a development process that began more than a year ago and in which the Fédération des aîné.e.s et retraité.e.s francophones de l’Ontario (FARFO) and the Elder Abuse Prevention of Ontario (EAPO) partnered to create this francophone abuse prevention network.

The first president of the RPMAFO is Ms. Denise Lemire from the Ottawa region, who is involved in several organizations dealing with seniors at the local, provincial and national levels. The assembly also approved the logo, the terms of reference which establishes the mission, the vision and the main objectives. In addition to the president, two other representatives of organizations will make up the initial executive committee: Sylvie Gravel of Maison Interlude House, Jocellyn Pierre of the Organisation Horizons Jeunesse Démunie (Cornwall). Other representatives will be added to the executive committee in the coming weeks. 

“Ms. Lemire said she was honoured by the confidence shown by the members and, with the participation of the organizations and individuals who have already joined the Network and those who will be added throughout the province. She is also confident that this network will have a positive impact through awareness, training and the achievement of results in the prevention of elder abuse in all its forms.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines “ elder abuse as "a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate intervention, in a relationship of trust that results in injury or emotional distress to the older person who is the victim.” 

The next steps will focus on the development of an action plan and the continued development of the Francophone RPMAFO network across the province. Priority will also be given to providing concrete training and education services, which will be developed or already available in French with our partner EAPO. 

The RPMAFO will therefore be supported by both partners, EAPO with its training and education tools, and FARFO for its continued support to the coordination and development of the Francophone Network.

For more information, please contact:
Denise Lemire, President 


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A new study by Burnes and colleagues published in Nature Aging, based on data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, uses a national, longitudinal, population-based design to advance our understanding of elder mistreatment risk and protective factors beyond the existing cross-sectional research on the topic. The study found that:

  • One in ten older adults across Canada experience some form of elder mistreatment each year.
  • Older adults who experienced higher levels of childhood maltreatment were more likely to experience elder mistreatment in later life.
  • Older adults with greater vulnerability related to physical, cognitive and mental health status and shared living were at higher risk of elder mistreatment.
  • Higher levels of social support were protective against elder mistreatment.
  • Older adults identifying as Black or reporting financial need were at heightened risk of elder mistreatment.

This longitudinal, population-based study strengthens our understanding of elder mistreatment risk and protective factors across several domains and informs the development of prevention strategies.  Access the abstract and article here. (a subscription to Nature Aging or an institution login is required to read the article in full).


The CNPEA Annual General Meeting will take place
onTuesday, September 27, 2022
from 10 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) / 
from 1 PM to 2:30 PM (Eastern time)



Reminder: To attend the AGM you must register at the link above.
Once you have registered, you will receive an automated email that will allow you to join the virtual meeting on the 27th.

On September 27, join us to elect new Board members and hear about the Network's latest activities.  See the agenda

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CNPEA Annual General Meeting 
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
10 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time)/ 1 PM to 2:30 PM (Eastern time)  

On September 27, 2022
 join us to elect new Board members and hear about our activities and plans for the future.
The meeting will be held online via Zoom.
The 2022 annual report, the list of candidates to the Board, and the registration information for the virtual meeting will be circulated by email to CNPEA members in September.

For questions regarding the upcoming Annual General Meeting, please contact Executive Director, Bénédicte Schoepflin at


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