Initiating a Dialogue on Dementia & Elder Abuse

Awareness

Foster a space to raise awareness about elder abuse and neglect among people living with dementia

Knowledge

Provide the most up to date information and resources to aid people in navigating safely

Explore

Gather data on the effectiveness of workshops from the perspectives of both attendees and facilitators

Empower

Support older adults and people impacted by elder abuse and neglect to speak up and support

Upcoming Workshops

Registration is required to attend. Limited spots are available.

Date
Host/Partner
Facilitators
Registration
Link
Details
25/01/2022
Jane and Finch Centre
Dowlattee Simmonds (Malty) & Zahida Janmohamed
Call Khadan Abdi at 416-786-7234
Hosted on Mercuri Conferencing. Part I on January 25; Part II on February 1, 2022
04/02/2022
Chatham-Kent
Joanne Murphy and Tara Seney
Refer to link.
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/initiating-a-dialogue-on-dementia-and-elder-abuse-chatham-kent-tickets-249024267287
Hosted on Zoom.
08/02/2022
Winnipeg Rainbow Resource Centre
Robert Nelder & Martin Krajcik
TBC
Hosted on Zoom
17/02/2022
Jane and Finch Centre
TBC
TBC
Hosted on Zoom. Facilitated in Spanish.

Interested in hosting a workshop with our trained facilitators? Reach out to us! 

We're looking to host workshops across Canada.

Contact us for more information.

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Developed in partnership with

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Community partners 

Thank you to our partners and supporters!

Our Advisory Committee

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Background

 

Older adults who were interviewed for the National Prevalence Study of the Mistreatment of Older Adults in Canada (conducted by NICE and published in 2015) said that, hypothetically, if they knew someone was mistreated, or if they themselves were mistreated, they would talk to their families about it. However, in practice, older adults tend to turn to their peers - who were older friends - to talk about abuse. 

According to the World Health Organization (2016), globally, approximately 2 out of 3 people living with dementia have been abused.  It is also acknowledged that among older adults living with dementia, increased cognitive and physical impairments as dementia progresses may increase the risk of being placed in situations of abuse and neglect.

Cognitive and physical impairments increase the risk of experiencing abuse and neglect among people living with dementia.  Examples include:

  • Reduced motor abilities and/or communication abilities

  • Reduced decision-making abilities to address the abusive situation

  • Reduced social networks 

  • Increased need for supports from caregivers, health professionals, family members, and others        

 

What are our objectives?

The overarching goal of the project is to educate older adults in the community about elder abuse and neglect, particularly among those living with dementia, delivered by trained older adults and their peers.

 

The aim of this project is to try a changed, peer-based approach to elder abuse awareness through the leadership of older adults in providing education on elder abuse and dementia. As demonstrated in research and NICE's previous work, a peer-based approach may bring a unique perspective to older adults and community members into building a strong, informed system of support and prevention.

 

 

 

What's our plan?

  • Develop workshop content based on insights from an advisory committee (Completed April 2021)

  • Host 10 workshops across Canada facilitated by trained seniors 

  • Evaluate the experiences of participants through an online survey

  • Gather the experiences of our senior facilitators using interviews

Contact Sharon Tan, Research Officer, at sharon.tan@utoronto.ca with any inquiries.