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By Margaret Easton

On September 29th, Statistics Canada announced that Canada now has more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 15. While the arrival of this demographic change has been anticipated for some time, the majority of businesses in Canada are not yet fully prepared for the consequences of this demographic shift to “societies of longer lives” (Staudinger, 2014). In this article, I want to focus specifically on how Canada’s financial services industry could respond more effectively to “societies of longer lives” by developing products and services for older adults able to accommodate both substitute decision making (currently the dominant model in Canada) and supported or assisted decision making, a model that is receiving increasing support internationally. I believe both will be needed in order to strengthen Canada’s financial abuse prevention strategies.  

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By Danie Gagnon, Project Manager, NB Association of Nursing Homes

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The issue of resident aggression in the context of elder abuse can be sensitive because we know that the victims cannot be blamed for the wrong that was inflicted on them, yet there is a general understanding that aggression can be a contributing factor to abuse. And while the need for more elder abuse awareness and the application of resident-centered care techniques as a prevention measure is undisputed, the question of how to protect and support health care workers begs to be addressed.

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By Heather Campbell

Far too often, financial elder abuse victims and their advocates are told by police that the situation “is not a criminal matter. It’s civil.” Sometimes this may be true; frequently, however, the police response is wrong. Theft by a person holding a power of attorney (POA), for example, is identified as a criminal offence under s 331 of the Criminal Code (the Code).

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Présenté par Kate Martin et Donna Bailey  (Credit Union Central of Canada)
Le 5 novembre 2015 
13h-14h heure de l'Est
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Is elder abuse prevention and response a part of your practice?

Whether you are lawyer, notary, health care professional, social worker, financial planner, police officer, or other kind of practitioner—the Elder Law Conference offers programming to help you understand the dynamics of elder abuse and enhance your practice.

This year’s conference includes not only legal subjects, but also sessions that deal with policy and practice.  Featured topics are:


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