The Chair took a close look at the problem of older adult bullying following an invitation by the Québec government to the Anti-Bullying Forum  that took place on October 2, 2014. After the Forum, we answered a call for submissions by publishing a brief entitled: L’intimidation envers les personnes aînées (Older Adult Bullying) (Available in french only).

In the months that followed, we received numerous requests for presentations on the subject from regional coordinators and organizations in different regions. In all, we gave five presentations, and a sixth is scheduled to take place by the end of 2015. As a follow-up to our brief and to help bridge the gap of knowledge on the subject, we wrote an article entitled: L’intimidation envers les personnes aînées : un problème social connexe à la maltraitance? (Older adult bullying: a social problem related to mistreatment?), which will soon be published in a thematic issue on bullying in the Université Laval’s journal Service social.

In addition, in collaboration with the DIRA-Estrie, we applied for a grant for a new project. The project will focus on improving the awareness-raising practices of community organizations in regard to mistreatment and bullying, with the aim of helping older adults take the next step, and move from “realization” that there is a problem, to “reporting” a problem. We are still waiting for an answer from the granting agency.

Over the year, we realized that, although little has been written about the subject, older adult bullying is a serious concern in many environments. We thus decided to formalize the establishment of a new research project called Older Adult Bullying, funded by the Chair and supported by all of the steps previously carried out. Like the general public, we are eager to see the new action plan or new policy on bullying promised in 2014 by the government. We will then be able to better focus our research based on the orientations set out for older adults.

In situation of emergency

If you witness or are victim of a mistreatment situation and wish to obtain information or help, please contact the Elder Abuse Help Line (for Quebec residents).

1 888 489-ABUS (2287)

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Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults
Research Centre on Aging – CIUSSS de l'Estrie - CHUS
1036, Belvédère Sud
Sherbrooke (Québec)
J1H 4C4

Telephone : 1 819 780-2220, extension 45621

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