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YWCA"The YWCA Metro Vancouver drew from its front-line expertise dealing with violence against women and  launched a new project called Community Action on Elder Abuse (CAEA) in May 2012. This three-year initiative has and will reach seniors aged 65 to 85, training front-line staff on elder abuse awareness. Training focuses on subjects such as communicating with older adults, directing them to appropriate resources, and identifying instances of  potential abuse, neglect or self-neglect of seniors.  From this initiative comes the facilitator’s guidebook.

This guidebook is designed to provide you, the facilitator; with all the materials you need to deliver a four-hour workshop on taking action against abuse of older adults to front-line staff/volunteers in your organization. You will find facilitator’s materials in section five consisting of important information to help you successfully deliver your workshop. This guidebook is organized as an interactive workbook. The activities support your learning and help you experience what your participants will encounter when you are facilitating your four-hour workshop. The guidebook also assists you in facilitating your workshop as it offers more in-depth information on abuse of older adults."


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"As a professor of nursing science and an international consultant, Margot Phaneuf has been contributing to the development of her profession for more than 40 years. She is especially renowned as an outstanding teacher and made her talents available to Quebec colleges and universities before teaching in several countries in Europe and the Middle East. This remarkable educator has published many works that have been translated into several languages and are reference tools for nursing. Her teaching methods and writings have made a great contribution to raising the level of training in Canada and abroad." 

Source: Honours, Order of Canada

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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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