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inourownwordscover eng''WHAT OLDER PEOPLE SAY ABOUT DISCRIMINATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN OLDER AGE: A consultation by the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People.
In Our Own Words is a new report from the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People (GAROP) in which older people talk about the ageism, discrimination and denial of human rights that they are subjected to in their everyday life."

Also available in French, Spanish, Russian, 
Arabic, Chinese

Source: GAROP

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social isolation of seniors vol 1

''This volume is the first of two documents produced by the Forum of Federal/ Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors to help organizations and individuals approach the social isolation of seniors. It updates and builds upon to Working Together for Seniors: A Toolkit to Promote Seniors’ Social Integration in Community Services, Programs, and Policies (2007) also produced by the Forum.

The purpose of this volume is to:

  • raise awareness about social isolation among seniors
  • introduce some useful concepts related to social innovation
  • show how social innovation can help to address social isolation in Canadian communities through examples

A complementary document, Volume II: Ideas Exchange Event Toolkit presents tools to help individuals and organizations develop lasting community partnerships to reduce the social isolation of seniors.''

 Source: Employment and Social Development Canada

 

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cover fairThe Canadian Centre for Elder Law and FAIR Canada released a joint report that offers 6 recommendations to encourage and support the investment industry to better protect vulnerable investors against exploitation and financial abuse.

Vulnerable Investor Protective Action and Legal Safe Harbour Project which led to the release of this report "considers the development of a conduct protocol and a practical mechanism that will allow Canadian financial services firms and investment advisors to take urgent, short-term protective action for the benefit of vulnerable consumers. This project will ensure that the consumer has their self-determination respected, including the right to make ill-advised or risky decisions, while exploring the balancing of individual vulnerable consumers’ rights to privacy."

Source: Canadian Centre for Elder Law

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suffering in silence

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A Vancity survey, conducted by the Mustel Group, of people aged 65 or older in Metro Vancouver and the Capital Regional District reveals that:

  • More than one-third (35%) of seniors who experience at least one type of financial abuse choose not to tell anyone
  • One-fifth (21%) of seniors who experienced financial abuse and did not report it say it was because they didn’t know who to tell.
  • Of those respondents who say they did not report incidences of abuse, 15% were embarrassed by thesituation and 10% feared it would make the situation worse or result in retaliation.
  • More than 80% of survey respondents could not name any support services available for seniors who maybe victims of financial abuse.
  •  There is a large gap between unprompted reports of financial abuse (3%) and reported abuse when respondents are presented with specific scenarios (36%), indicating many seniors may not understand theways in which they may be victims.

    Source: Vancity

 

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who world report on ageing and health''At a time of unpredictable challenges for health, whether from a changing climate, emerging infectious diseases, or the next microbe that develops drug resistance, one trend is certain: the ageing of populations is rapidly accelerating worldwide. For the first time in history, most people can expect to live into their 60s and beyond. The consequences for health, health systems, their workforce and budgets are profound. The World report on ageing and health responds to these challenges by recommending equally profound changes in the way health policies for ageing populations are formulated and services are provided. As the foundation for its recommendations, the report looks at what the latest evidence has to say about the ageing process, noting that many common perceptions and assumptions about older people are based on outdated stereotypes.''

Source: World Health Organization (2015)

 

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