Initiating a Dialogue on Dementia & Elder Abuse
Foster a space to raise awareness about elder abuse and neglect among people living with dementia
Provide the most up to date information and resources to aid people in navigating safely
Gather data on the effectiveness of the workshops from the perspectives of both attendees and facilitators
Support older adults and people impacted by elder abuse and neglect to speak up and support
Registration is required to attend. Limited spots are available.
Robert Nelder & Martin Krajcik
Community Care for Seniors, Prince Edward County
Margaret Werkhoven & Laura McGugan
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Based on the National Prevalence Study of the Mistreatment of Older Adults in Canada conducted by NICE, it was found that while the older adults who were interviewed reported hypothetically, they would talk to their families if they knew someone was mistreated or if they themselves were mistreated, the older adults in actual practice went to their older adult friends (peers) before anyone else about their 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries.