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By Jennifer Nguyen

My name is Jennifer, and I am a first-year law student at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. During this past school year I had the wonderful opportunity of working with the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse through Pro Bono Students Canada.

My work partly pertained to the CNPEA projectAccess to Justice for Older Victims of Sexual Assault.” This was the first year of a three-year project to gather and curate a set of materials and resources to the CNPEA Hub on issues about sexual assault of older adults. I am extremely grateful to have been able to work on the project in its starting year.

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By Kavina Nagrani

Many of us sign power of attorney documents  ("POAs") in haste. It seems like  necessary 'add on' to making a Will, but in my view, POAs are just as important, if not more impactful than your Will. I spend a lot of time in estate planning meetings with clients speaking about sickness and mental incapacity and who their substitute-decision-makers should be, and what kinds of powers and restrictions should be put in place to best protect my client's interests.

For the purpose of this article, I am going to focus on the power of attorney for property, or what many refer to as the financial power of attorney, and not the power of attorney for personal care. These are just some of the powers and authority you are granting to whomever you appoint as your attorney for property in your POA: 

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A little while ago, CNPEA was contacted by Sayna, a grade 12 student who wanted to start an elder abuse awareness school club  and share our materials with peers. We asked Sayna to write a short blog post to tell us more about it.

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In November 2017, a group of students from North Surrey Secondary contacted CNPEA. They wished to learn more about the Network’s mission and wanted to make CNPEA the focus of a research project. The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative connects students to local charities, social issues, and philanthropy to foster social awareness, civic engagement and leadership skills amongst the younger generation.

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By Jennifer Nguyen

In multicultural countries, such as Canada, discussions about elder abuse ​must take into account the diverse nature of its population and the differences that can arise between different ethno-cultural groups. Recent literature on the subject has found that elder abuse is more prevalent, but also more often unreported within minority and non-Caucasian groups (Grant & Benedet, 2016). This blog post looks at how different factors such as  culture, tradition, and legislation affect reporting or even discourage older adults from seeking help in abuse situations. While this post focuses primarily on the Chinese-Canadian community, and also discusses the Latin-American community, I believe these themes can be aptly applied to a number of groups.

 

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