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Republished from the United Nations Human Rights Office 

UN Independent Expert on the Rights of Older Persons:



World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - 15 June 2019

GENEVA (13 June 2019) – The sexual abuse and rape of older persons is a subject rarely discussed, but nevertheless is a reality, says a UN expert. We must all be more attentive and report suspected cases of abuse of older people, says Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons Rosa Kornfeld-Matte. Ahead of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June, Kornfeld-Matte issued a statement in which she says most abuse goes undetected and unreported, even when there are clear warning signs:

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Are you a committed, passionate person?
Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference, educate, and help prevent elder abuse across Canada?

If so, the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) is looking for YOU to
join our Board of Directors!

Deadline to apply: Thursday, August 15, 2019, 7 PM EST

Who are we?

The CNPEA is a charitable organization that connects people and organizations to foster the exchange of reliable information relating to the prevention of abuse of older adults. The CNPEA is also committed to advancing programs and policy developments at the local, regional, provincial/territorial and national levels which aim to improve the lives of our aging population.

About our Board

The CNPEA Board of Directors is a working board that meets virtually once a month to oversee the governance and operations of the organization in accordance with our mission, vision and strategic plan.

Call for new Board members!

The CNPEA is accepting applications for new Board members to join its pan-Canadian Board. We are seeking candidates who are committed to supporting the prevention of elder abuse in Canada and eager to provide leadership to our growing network. Seats available: 4-5 

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silverfox photo3Over the course of two trade shows (the OLTCA's Together We Care Convention and Trade Show, and Advantage Ontario's 100th AGM and Convention), the wonderful Silver Fox Pharmacy team raised $1,000 for CNPEA. 

Silver Fox staff hosted a bracelet-making station at their booth during the events: conference participants could make a bracelet to take home for each bracelet made, Silver Fox donated $1 to CNPEA. Fun, creative and philanthropic!

To everyone who participated and made a bracelet in our name, to Josh Cole and his fantastic team, a huge thank you, this generous donation is truly appreciated by all of us here at CNPEA.


If you and/or your organization is interested in organizing your own third-party fundraising activity to support CNPEA, get in touch with us, we'll be happy to discuss your idea with you!

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CNPEA note: This call for participants is twofold, please read until the end. Interested participants must have worked for the Designated Agencies (Health Authorities) or Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT) or must work for an agency that serves seniors, and must have had at least one experience in the past two years of discussing orreporting a situation of elder abuse with the Designated Agencies (Health Authorities) or Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT). 

Are You Interested in Talking About Your Professional Experience Working with Elder Abuse Victims?
If so, we would like to hear from you.

We are looking for participants for an interview lasting up to 60 minutes to be held in person or over the phone.

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By Sharon McKenzie, Executive Director of I2i Intergenerational Society


Intergenerational Day was initiated in 2010 by i2i Society and 5 student groups from Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba & British Columbia, with the financial support of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Intergenerational Day was born in 2010, out of the momentum created by World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). Isolation and loneliness are the two leading causes of poor health in Canada for older adults and for young people alike. For seniors, social isolation is also a major risk factor for elder abuse and neglect. The purpose of IG Day, as it is often referred to, is to illustrate and honour the richness of intergenerational partnerships through varied initiatives and to encourage connections and understanding between age groups, as a prevention approach and a way to encourage all-ages-friendly communities.
To date, 12 provinces and territories and over 100 cities have officially recognized the day with 3 provinces (ON, MB, NB) and the Toronto District School Board proclaiming it by law, in-perpetuity. This year, larger celebrations are taking place at a city-wide level in Toronto, Calgary, and Ottawa.

i2i Intergenerational Society is a volunteer not-for-profit organization that assists individuals and organizations in pursuing respectful and purposeful Intergenerational connections through innovative initiatives and helps share promising intergenerational practice in Canada. A decade of practice with the Meadows School Project (between 2000 and 2010) is the research that informed our purpose. 


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