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Canadian Centre for Elder Law LogoThis is an introductory elder abuse workshop from the Canadian Centre for Elder Law.  This workshop has been created for volunteers who work with older people and Boards of Directors of organizations that serve aging clients. 

There are 3 types of resources available:

  • A workshop in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, including slide notes for the workshop facilitator.  
  • A Resources Handout, including agencies that respond to reports of elder abuse, and organizations that provide legal advice, referrals and victim assistance.  
  • A list of key questions for Boards of Directors to consider in ensuring their organization is prepared to respond to concerns about adults who have been abused or neglected.

The workshop answers the questions:

  • What is elder abuse?
  • What are the laws that apply to elder abuse and neglect?
  • What can I do if I have concerns that an older person is being abused or neglected?

The workshop is divided into 4 parts: 1. What is elder abuse and neglect? ; 2. When and how are you required to respond to elder abuse? ; 3. How do you identify the best response? ; 4. Who to call for more information or to respond to concerns about abuse?

The law is different in every province and territory in Canada, as are the resource agencies available.  There are 26 versions of the workshop available through this website: one for each province and territory and each workshop is available in French and English.

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The 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

Forensic Nursing and Elder Abuse

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BCAAFC"The purpose of this awareness and prevention tool kit is to reduce the risk factors for Elder abuse and to ensure that situations do not occur.  We hope that by increasing awareness and holding discussions about Elder abuse and neglect, Elders will be encouraged to come forward and seek assistance. This tool kit identifies three key strategies for increasing awareness and developing practical.  We hope that by sharing information about Elder abuse, communities will develop their own prevention and intervention strategies that ‘best fits’ their unique community circumstances. The goals of the first strategy are to educate the community members about Elder abuse and neglect...The second strategy is about assisting and empowering Elders to take control over their lives and to make decisions that are in their own best interests...The third strategy is to develop practical community-based prevention and intervention services that can effectively respond to the needs of Elders who may be experiencing abuse or who may be at risk of becoming abused."   

Source: BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres


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Elder Abuse Prevalence Identification Response and Intervention Beyond the BasicsJuly 05, 2009 (57 minutes) This webinar presented by Judith Wahl of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly includes a discussion of what elder abuse is, who is being victimized, why people don't always seek help, how ageism affects how we address elder abuse, and what people need to know to prevent and respond to abuse. To view and listen to this webinar, click here.

See also: PowerPoint slides ; Presentation slides on the Slideshare web site

About the Presenter: Judith Wahl has been the Executive Director and Senior Lawyer at the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE) since 1984. ACE is a community legal service for low-income seniors that focuses on legal issues that have a greater impact on the older population.

Presented by: Advocacy Centre for The Elderly (ACE) Content from: Community Legal Education Ontario 


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