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Hosted by the Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program on November 20, 2019.
Presenters:  Bonnie Schroeder & Pat Spadafora

Key Themes: Duality & Sustainability

Over the last four years, Hamilton and Ottawa have been engaged in mobilizing their partners to reduce social isolation among older adults in their communities.
As the project funding from Employment and Social Development Canada comes to an end, each project is focused on sustaining specific activities partnerships and outcomes. The presenters reflect on concepts of:

  • Isolation and inclusion
  • Universal programs and targeted programs to reduce social isolation among vulnerable populations of seniors (seniors who are low-income, multicultural, at risk for abuse, living in rural communities, living with disabilities, etc.)
  • Grassroot and system/policy approaches to sustain the activities and outcomes 



Source: Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program

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Elder Abuse Webinar Series: The Right for Seniors to Live at Risk. You Are Not My Mother!

Henry Kielley, Acting Director, Aging and Seniors Division, Department of CSSD, Government of NL  
Cassandra Holloway, Adult Protection Coordinator, Central Health, NL

Download the slides of the presentation here
View the webinar here

Source: Seniors NL

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June 13, 2019

“Elder abuse is real. If you think it is not happening in your community, think again.”
Studies show that as many as one in five older adults has been impacted by some form of financial abuse, scam or harm. We all can play a meaningful role in preventing these crimes by having bigger conversations to raise awareness.

Recording not yet available.


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May 27th, 2019
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

''Effective representation of older adult clients involves lawyers understanding privacy law.  Our expert faculty will help you navigate the substantive, legal, practical, and procedural matters involved in safeguarding and representing the privacy interests of older adult clients. Analysis and discussion will cover banking, long-term care homes, records and other key areas. Attend this essential program to get the insight you need to round out your comprehensive approach to serving this growing population.''

This program is also available as a LIVE WEBCAST

To view the full program agenda, please click here.

Monday, May 27, 2019
Registration: 8:30 am
Program: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location:  OBA Conference Centre
20 Toronto Street, 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON | M5C 2B8 


CBA Member: $195* | CBA Student Member: $75* | Non-Member: $295*
Additional charge for hard copy materials:  CBA Member: $45* | Non-Member: $85*
(includes e-materials access)
*plus applicable taxes



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 How Do We Get To SAFETY PLANNING Webinar Series - Part 2
Understanding and Responding to Responsive Behaviours to Support Older Adults and their Caregivers

Thursday, March 21st, 2019
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Free webinar - REGISTER HERE

Assessing risk is how we get to safety planning.
Different kinds of risk can arise in older adult relationships, where cognitive impairment is present. When domestic violence occurs how prepared are social service and health care professionals to support older adults in domestic violence situations?

This webinar will explain how to assess risk, the importance of supporting older adults and their caregivers living with dementia, and the importance of working collaboratively with various disciplines to provide a holistic view of these complex situations, that may include domestic violence.
Working together to better understand risk, we can provide support and increase safety for everyone. We hope that you can join us.  

Elder Abuse Ontario partnered with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario to update our Safety Planning Toolkit to include communication strategies for safety planning for individuals living with dementia.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the role of Behavioural Supports Ontario (HNHB LHIN) to support older adults with responsive behaviours and their caregivers.
  • Gaining insight on the difference between responsive behaviors vs coercive control when domestic violence occurs. 
  • Becoming knowledgeable of BSO tools to assess changes in risk and approaches to safety planning within the context of responsive behaviours. 
  • Learning about collaborative team approaches in service provision that support older adults living at-risk to optimize senior's functioning and quality of life. 
  • Becoming aware of safety planning options for the person with dementia and their care partner and interventions to maintain wellness. 
  • Learning about the Safe Pathways Project and the importance of connecting with support services.


  • Sudha Vavilla  M.Phil, MSW, RSW
    Team Lead - BSO Clinicians, Community and Intensive Case Management
    Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton and Halton
  • Jody Weiler, B.A. B.A.Sc., MSW, RSW
    Vulnerable Seniors Team Lead, CMHA, Waterloo-Wellington
  • Cathy Sturdy Smith, MSc
    Manager, Specialized Geriatric Services, CMHA, Waterloo-Wellington
  • Laura Sullivan 
    Seniors at Risk Clinical Consultant, CMHA, Waterloo-Wellington

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