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JUNE 26, 2020
1 pm - 2 pm Eastern (10 AM Pacific)

Due to overwhelming interest & to overwrite the sound issues experienced during the initial webinar, Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario and CNPEA will host the webinar "Elder Abuse & COVID-19 : Risk & Protective Factors" again.




This webinar is co-organized by CNPEA and Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario. Dr. Gloria Gutman will discuss the risk factors for mortality in natural disasters and the growing awareness of the relationship among disaster vulnerability, age, gender, socio-economic status, and other personal and environmental variables.

Dr. Elizabeth Podnieks, Founder of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day will provide opening remarks.

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is marked each year on June 15. It is an official United Nations International Day acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. 

To acknowledge WEAAD's 15th anniversary, CNPEA, Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario, and  CanAge, Canada’s national seniors advocacy organization,will host a live online debate with leaders and experts to discuss the issue of isolation and neglect of older Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic in light of the recent shocking report about Long term care homes.

 American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation provided.

Presented with the support of HelpAge Canada and United Way

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Thursday, April 23, 2020
10 AM Pacific time / 1 PM Eastern Time



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Minimal research has been conducted on reporting of abuse of older adults, and this is especially true in the Prairie Provinces (Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta).

In this presentation, Dr. Kerstin Roger and her research team will present preliminary findings from a tri-provincial study begun in 2019. This research involves semi-structured interviews with older adults about their experiences with reporting abuse, as well as with service provider experiences working with older adults who have experienced abuse.

As well, preliminary work on an environmental scan on public discourse and media in the three provinces on abuse of older adults, and quantitative data collected from three community based organizations serving older adults, will be reviewed.

This presentation will identify key aspects regarding the reasons for and context of underreporting in the cases of neglect and abuse of older adults and provide recommendations for enhancing disclosures among older adults experiencing abuse.

This webinar will be of interest to audiences who wish to learn the complicated nature of underreporting and in the hopes of improving services for vulnerable older adults in the Prairies.

Acknowledgment: PrairieAction Foundation; Research Assistants (Marina Cewick, Labe Songese, Kali Grainger, Carla Liepert); Community Partners and Advisory Committee (SCOA, Kerby Centre, A &O) research and participants.

Lead/Team: Dr. Kerstin Roger, Dr. Christine A. Walsh, Dr. Donna Goodridge, Michelle Ranville.


kroger profilepic croppedKerstin Roger, PhD, Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. Research focuses on aging and the family, abuse of older adults, including mental wellness and caregiving, and how these interface with health care and a wide range of chronic illnesses. Dr. Roger has been a Principal Investigator on multi-site nationally funded research (e.g. PHAC, SSHRC, Movember, federal government), as well as conducting provincial and regionally funded research. She has worked on international collaborations, local not-for-profit community initiatives, and continues to co-author and engage graduate students in her research.


16The following is part of our project “Increasing Access to Justice for Older Adult Victims of Sexual Assault: A Capacity Building Approach”, funded by the Justice Canada Victims Fund.Learn more about this project or consult the full list of resources


Increasing Access to Justice for Older Victims of Sexual Assault (A2J) 
Project Wrap-Up 
Key Learnings


Thursday, March 19 , 2020
10 AM Pacific time / 1 PM Eastern Time


Kathy Majowski: A2J Project Team leader, CNPEA Board Chair



Older adult victims of sexual assault are too often a forgotten population. Research about older adult sexual assault victims is not robust in contrast to research on victimization of other populations. Scholars have described sexual assault of older victims as a new and emerging field for research. Additionally, public awareness of sexual assault of older women is limited. Contrary to the stereotype commonly depicting a sexual assault victim as a young woman, social science research has shown sexual assault of older women to be a serious problem. 

The Access to Justice project carried out a thorough review of existing literature and research to synthesize core learnings, map out knowledge gaps for future research, and build capacity among service providers and other professionals to help them support older adult victims of sexual assault more effectively. It also aimed to increase awareness of sexual assault of older adults, and foster a better cross-sectoral understanding of the barriers that older victims encounter to access care and justice.

The project has resulted in new learning for service providers, in the curation of a wide array of high quality resources, and in the development of new materials about sexual assault of older adults. Join us for our final A2J webinar, as we conclude this three-year project. Kathy Majowski will offer a synthesis of key learnings and research gaps, as well as recommendations for improved practice and policy. It will also highlight key resources and information on existing supports and the suite of documents developed throughout the project.