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Adapted from the CSA WEAAD media release (June 15, 2020)

For World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2020 and Seniors Month, the Canadian Securities Commission and its members chose to highlight elder financial abuse. Throughout the month of June, they have all been offering a variety of online resources, campaigns, and videos to help older Canadians improve their knowledge and ability to stay safe against financial abuse.

On June 15, 2020, the CSA and its members launched a new campaign aimed at the relatives, caregivers and friends of older adults. The campaign, shared through the CSA and its members’ social media channels, reminds Canadians to check in with the older adults in their life and to check in on their financial health. 

Canadians can take action and prevent financial abuse of seniors by:

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This video invites younger Canadians to take the time to know more about seniors and invites them to reflect on their views about older adults and aging. It was produced by the Revelstoke Community Response Network for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2020.

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 Dear Minister Schulte: 

Re: Calling for Action to protect Canadian Seniors 

I am writing on behalf of the Canadian Bar Association’s Elder Law Section (the CBA Section) to urge federal government action to address the current crisis faced by people living in group care facilities, and in particular, vulnerable older Canadians. The CBA is a national organization representing lawyers, law students, notaries and academics with a mandate that includes seeking improvements in the law and the administration of justice. The CBA Section represents lawyers across Canada who deal with laws affecting seniors. It promotes professionalism in the field and provides a forum to discuss legal matters affecting older adults. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the extent to which many of Canada’s current group care facilities rely on personal support workers and the unpaid support of family members to operate successfully. Canadians have seen that without these resources, the most essential needs of residents are not met, leaving many malnourished, dehydrated and without even the most basic personal hygiene care. The recent report from Canada’s military personnel, based on first-hand observations in five group care facilities for older adults, has been described by the Prime Minister and the Premier of Ontario as “deeply disturbing”, “gut wrenching” and “disgusting”.

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cnpea statement june2020

We encourage you to follow and support these organizations for more information (among others):

Black Health Alliance - Website: - On Twitter: @BlackHealthCan - On Facebook: @BlackHealthAlliance

Federation of Black Canadians
- website: - On Twitter: @fbcfcn - On Facebook: @federationblackcanadians

Native Women's Association of Canada - Website: - On Twitter: @Nwac_ca - On Facebook: @nwac.afac

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation - Website: - On Twitter: @NCTR_UM - On Facebook:


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Guest post by Silvia Fraga Dominguez

People in many countries, including Canada, are currently experiencing increased social distancing to diminish the rate of COVID-19 infections. These measures affect every age group. But because older adults are at a higher risk from the virus, they may be staying at home more to protect themselves. As a result, older adults are not only more socially isolated than usual but potentially more so than people who are less vulnerable to COVID-19. 


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