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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).

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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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ageism consultations

The Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum has launched a consultation on ageism. The Forum is looking to better understand and address the negative impacts of ageism towards older adults in Canada. This public consultation focuses on how older adults experience ageism, and potential solutions to address it.

How to participate:

You are invited to take part in this consultation by completing the questionnaire and sharing your story on this website by September 30, 2022.

The Forum is interested in your personal experiences, how you or someone you know has been affected by ageism, if there were any supports or programs that helped in the situation and anything that could have been done to prevent it.

This consultation will be followed by community-led group discussions, roundtables (by invitation only), as well as engagement discussions with members of First Nations, Métis and Inuit groups in the fall of 2022.

Your feedback will be summarized in a What We Heard Report. This will help to inform the development of a Policy Options Report, which will propose approaches, initiatives, and strategies to address ageism in Canada.

Visit for more information and share this email within your contacts. Please like and share on social media to help spread the word about this important consultation.

Additional information: the Forum has recently released two reports on Ageism

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The Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum recently published two new reports examining ageism in Canada:

  • An examination of the social and economic impacts of ageism  - Read it here
  • A case study on ageism during the COVID-19 pandemic - Read it here

Among the key findings in these two documents:

  • Ageism has psychosocial impacts as well as economic impacts on older Canadians, though the economic impacts are currently less documented.
  • Age-based discrimination, combined with other forms (gender-based, racial) means older women and visible minorities bear the brunt of workplace ageism.
  • Media plays a key role in strengthening ageism by rarely acknowledging the contributions and strengths of older people or featuring their voices, and by framing aging solely as a process of "loss".
  • Ageism among Indigenous communities in Canada continues to be under-documented. Absent references to Indigenous Elders in different types of communications  is a notable issue.
  • Attention to words and framing, in media, in government communications, in research etc. is crucial to avoid perpetuating ageism in society.

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