National Survey on the Mistreatment of Older Canadians

The National Survey on the Mistreatment of Older Canadians is a prevalence study to provide data on the prevalence, risk factors, and causes of mistreatment of older Canadians in the general population.  The study will survey a representative sample of 5,000 adults, aged 55 years and older, living in private dwellings in Canada on topics including physical, psychological, and financial abuse and neglect perpetrated by informal caregivers.  The study will provide estimates of who is at risk for mistreatment and the size of this problem in Canada.  These data will provide insights for service provision and policy development for older adults who experience abuse and neglect, and all Canadians will benefit directly and indirectly from the protection of older adults with respect to awareness and the savings in human and economic costs.  The study is funded by the New Horizons Program of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (Government of Canada), 2012 – 2015.

Project Funders

We are most grateful to the New Horizons For Seniors Program (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada) for the funding to make this important project a reality.