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

Research

Gather data on the effectiveness of the 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
29/11/2021
The 519
Robert Nelder & Martin Krajcik
30/11/2021
Community Care for Seniors, Prince Edward County
Margaret Werkhoven & Laura McGugan
Call 613-476-7493

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

Community partners 

Thank you to our partners and supporters!

Background

 

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 sharon.tan@utoronto.ca with any inquiries.