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The CNPEA and CHNET-Works recently hosted a webinar on using social media to support your practice.
Your engagement and expectations were high and by the end of the webinar there was still much left to discuss. Here is a brief overview of the presentation, as well as a few guidelines to tackle socia media and a Q&A of all the questions that we did not have time to answer on the spot.

First a quick recap...

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The CNPEA's Knowledge Sharing Project is designed to be an evolutive and collaborative tool for elder abuse practitioners.  The KSP electronic hub exists to engage, support and champion the elder abuse community of practice.  

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Financial abuse of older adults is the most common type of elder abuse in Canada. With the necessary knowledge and skills, employees at financial institutions can play a key role in detecting and preventing financial abuse of their older members.

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By Charmaine Spencer, lawyer and research associate at the Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre

On January 15, 2015 Statistics Canada released its newest report on family violence in Canada, including a special section on seniors. Using 2013 data, this report looks at violent criminal offences that come to the attention of police, where the accused person was a family member.

The report identifies important trends in family violence and counters several public misconceptions on violence against seniors. However, because the focus is on violence, it does not cover financial crimes against seniors by family or others, unless some form of violence occurred.

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By Allison Jones, Generations Coordinator at QMUNITY, BC's Queer Resource Centre 

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At the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse workshop in March, I was encouraged to learn of the resources and knowledge of professionals who are working on prevention. I was also surprised not to hear more stories of clients and family members who had actually watched as loved ones became the victims of elder abuse in some way. I work with LGBTQ seniors in Vancouver and often hear of their experiences with homophobia in health care and in their daily lives. When seniors who are LGBTQ are mistreated or taken advantage of because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, it is considered elder abuse.


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