Annie Riendeau (2013)


Master's degree in Social Work with a focus on gerontology  (2013), University of Sherbrooke.
Bachelor's degree in Consumer Sciences (1997), Laval University.


Annie Riendeau is currently a social worker at the CIUSSS de l'Estrie-CHUS.


Issues associated with direct intervention aimed at countering mistreatment of older adults living in the community in Quebec


Institutional fellowship of the Faculty of Literature and Social Sciences of the University of Sherbrooke (2013) : $1,500


Successfully completed preparatory courses from Fall 2010 to Winter 2011, and started her Master’s degree in Social Work in Fall 2011. She completed an internship in Fall 2012 and wrote her thesis in Winter 2013. 


Objective 1 : Developing theoretical, empirical and practice-based knowledge on: forms and types of mistreatment, factors of vulnerability and risk associated with mistreatment, consequences of mistreatment, profile of the person who mistreats, good treatment and bullying (including online bullying).


Mistreatment of older adults is a social problem in which researchers and governments have been increasingly interested in over the last decades, especially, in Quebec, since the release of the Governmental Action Plan to Counter Elder Abuse 2010-2015. In this action plan, prevention, identification and intervention are recognized as being concerted actions that are essential in order to effectively counter mistreatment.


This essay presents a reflection on the issues associated with intervention aimed at countering the mistreatment of older adults living in the community, based on the ideas of Quebec researchers who have published scientific articles on the subject, ever since the publication of the first article 23 years ago.


1. Assessing the state of knowledge and the emerging context of the problem

2. Providing a brief outline of common challenges identified by Quebec authors

3. Analyzing three major issues:

- Ethical and psychosocial dilemmas regarding intervention

- Interprofessional, interdisciplinary or cross-sectoral collaboration

- Mistreatment amongst older adults couples 

4. Developing further thinking around what should be retained with regard to practices in this field


  1. Systematic literature review on mistreatment and published by Quebec authors
  2. Reading of all article summaries, and proceeding to a selection among them according to relevancy
  3. Analyzing the selected articles by completing a reading grid for each article (inductive and deductive analyses)
  4. Reviewing grids in order to better highlight issues already identified
  5. Choosing three major issues
  6. Analyzing these three major issues


In the winter of 2013, Annie Riendeau wrote her Master's thesis in social work and was dealing with practice issues countering mistreatment of older adults in Quebec. This thesis connects with her internship completed in the fall of 2012 which focused on the development of supporting material for practitioners from the community and social economy network. Her thesis was completed in May 2013. She wrote two articles.




Scientific articles

Riendeau, A., & Beaulieu, M. (2013). Intervenir pour contrer la maltraitance envers les aînés vivant à domicile : glossaire des 15 principaux enjeux identifiés au Québec. Vie et vieillissement. 11(2). 36-41.

Riendeau, A., & Beaulieu, M. (2013). La collaboration : un enjeu incontournable en intervention à domicile pour lutter contre la maltraitance envers les aînés. Interventions.


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