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cover aag 2019Report of the Australian Association of Gerontology
Workshops and Policy Recommendations

Workshop facilitated and led by Dr Catherine Barrett,
OPAL Institute held in Melbourne, Victoria, November 20, 2018


''There has been little focus on older women’s experience of sexual abuse despite research showing that:

  • in 2016, 12,700 Australian women aged 55 years and over reported experiencing sexual violence in the last 12 months 
  • in 2017-18, there were 547 reports of unlawful sexual contact in residential aged care in Australia


This can partly be attributed to the misconception that sexual abuse of older women is rare. It is more accurate to say older women rarely report sexual abuse – because we do not listen or give them permission to speak about their sexual abuse.

This paper considers better ways to prevent and respond to the sexual abuse of older women at home and in residential aged care by:

  • reviewing the policy and research context in Australia
  • reporting on the outcomes of the AAG pre-conference workshop held in November 2018
  • developing a list of policy recommendations to:
    •assist governments to implement the National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of OlderAustralians and
    • assist the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety''


Source: OPAL Institute

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cover factbookonaging''The Fact Book provides a range of descriptive data on a variety of topics that showcase major demographic, health and social patterns of older adults. The current seventh edition of the Fact Book is based on the 2016 Census, and supplemented with data from national health surveys, such as the Canadian Community Health Surveys, and other targeted surveys conducted in B.C.

A milestone has been reached in that over thirty years of data have been covered. We have also made some selected comparisons of key patterns across the different editions of the Fact Book in order to highlight major trends over time. The main comparisons of demographic data include: geographic comparisons between British Columbia and Canada, as well as other provinces in certain tables; gender differences; and those related to age patterns, such as comparisons between middle-aged and older persons or among senior age groups, as well as differences over time.

Topics highlighted in the 7th edition cover a wide range of areas including: the size and historical rate of growth of the elderly population of British Columbia; trends in life expectancy, mortality rates and causes of death; the marital status of the elderly population; its geographic distribution and residential mobility; ethnic composition; a description of living arrangements and housing; education, employment, and economic status; disabilities; diet and physical activity; and health service utilization. It is hoped that this monograph contributes to gerontological knowledge, practice, and policy in efforts to promote well-being over the life course.



Source: SFU Gerontology Research Centre

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cover inquiryvol3Report by the Honourable Eileen E. Gillese, Commissioner

"The Long-Term Care Homes Public Inquiry was established on August 1, 2017, by Order in Council following Elizabeth Wettlaufer’s conviction of eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault; offences she committed while working as a registered nurse in Long-Term Care Homes.

The Inquiry’s mandate is to inquire into the events which led to the offences committed by Elizabeth Wettlaufer. Additionally, the Inquiry is directed to inquire into the circumstances and contributing factors allowing these events to occur, including the effect, if any, of relevant policies, procedures, practices and accountability and oversight mechanisms. The Inquiry is also directed to inquire into other relevant matters that the Commissioner considers necessary to avoid similar tragedies."

This is Volume 3 ("A Strategy for Safety") of the 4-part report. The Commissioner’s final report and Recommendations can all be found here

Volume 3:
"Based on the evidence I heard in the public hearings, it is my view that systemic failings in the long-term care (LTC) system – not individual ones – created the circumstances that allowed Wettlaufer to commit the Offences. In this volume of the Report, I describe the systemic vulnerabilities identified through the Inquiry processes and propose systemic responses that must be taken if we are to avoid similar tragedies in the future. These responses are designed to prevent, deter, and detect wrongdoing of the sort that Wettlaufer, a healthcare serial killer (HCSK), committed. This chapter is devoted to strategies whose goal is prevention. Later chapters in this volume are directed at the strategies for deterrence and detection."

Source: The Long Term Care Homes Public Inquiry


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agingwithoutviolence finalreport eanconsultation cover"The Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH) is a 77 member-based coalition of first stage women shelters, second stage housing programs, and community-based women’s organizations; Together, we work towards eliminating violence against all women in Ontario. Our initiatives include training and resource development, advocacy, public awareness, and government relations to improve social policies that impact women and their children.

In January 2018, OAITH received funding from the Ministry of Community and Social Services to lead a 4-year province-wide training and resource project focused on ending violence against older women (VAOW) by increasing the capacity of all professionals in Ontario providing support, services, or care to older women experiencing violence.

Please visit Aging Without Violence to see a full list of project advisory members and to access resources, tools, and training opportunities focused on older women experiencing violence. In 2018, the Aging Without Violence (AWV) provincial project advisory identified Elder Abuse Networks (EANs) across Ontario as ideal focus group participants to help inform and guide the AWV project."

Source: Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH)

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nationaldementiaconference coverInspiring and Informing a National Dementia Strategy for Canada

The  May 14–15, 2018, a National Dementia Conference was held in Ottawa, Canada. The conference brought together about 200 participants from six key stakeholders identified in the Act: people living with dementia, caregivers, researchers, health professionals, advocacy groups and representatives from PT governments.

As a key consultation mechanism on the development of the national dementia strategy, the discussions during the conference focused on challenges and opportunities surrounding three overarching themes: 1) care and support; 2) research and innovation; and, 3) awareness-raising, stigma reduction, and public education.

Participants noted that the National Dementia Strategy should: address stigma associated with dementia; ensure the needs of people living with dementia at different stages along the dementia journey are met, and identify ways to enable quality of life and dignity for people at different stages of the condition. It should: enable collaboration and partnerships among all levels of government, partners and stakeholders, including people living with dementia, their families and those who care for them; enable sharing and scaling up of best practices within and across provinces and territories; consider diversity factors such as cultural, ethnicity and linguistic considerations, rural and remote communities, gender differences, developmental disabilities; and include clear accountability for federal, provincial and territorial governments and other partners. This report provides highlights of the discussions at the event. The outcomes of the conference and other stakeholder engagement processes to date will be included in a“What We Heard” report, which will be released in the Fall of 2018. All input will inform the development of the National Dementia Strategy.

Source: Public Health Agency of Canada

 

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