The Chair’s work on older adult bullying was initiated in 2014 following an invitation from the Government of Quebec to participate in the Anti-Bullying Forum which took place on October 2 of the same year. In November 2015, the same government delineated the actions of various players in countering bullying (all populations combined) by implementing the Action Plan to Prevent and Counter Bullying 2015-2018. Out of the 53 measures, 11 specifically targeted older adults. The Chair was appointed as the main partner for achieving two of them.

Since 2014, the work related to bullying has been gaining momentum within the Chair. The Chair currently leads four projects in relation with older adult bullying. One of them is carried out with the Chair’s funds and is aimed at making the conceptual clarification between mistreatment and bullying. This project, Older Adult Bullying, aims at laying the foundation of common and distinctive elements between the two issues and better defining older adult bullying. Another current project has secured a three-year funding from the Quebec Age-Friendly Program (QADA) in December 2015. This project is entitled: Older Adult Mistreatment and Bullying: Enhancing Awareness Practices of Community-Based Organizations Promoting the Transition from Awareness to Reporting. Its purpose is to identify the levers and barriers to reporting cases of older adult mistreatment and bullying. Based on the information gathered, awareness practices of community-based organizations can be enhanced so that they can help older adults, who consider themselves to be mistreated or bullied, make the decisive step towards assistance and therefore reporting their situation.

Finally, two students under the direction of Marie Beaulieu chose bullying as a subject of study. Caroline Pelletier is a PhD student in Gerontology at the University of Sherbrooke. Since Caroline is the coordinator of the project previously described in Enhancing awareness practices of community-based organizations, her thesis project is directly in line with the latter. Her work will be guided by this research question: How do mistreated or bullied older adults live their relational experience with services available (family, the health and social services network and community-based organizations)? As for Marika Lussier-Therrien, she is a master’s student in Social Work at the University of Sherbrooke. Her essay will be on the following topic: Older Adult Online Bullying. She will reflect on interventions areas, strategies, ways to counter online bullying and the role of the social worker.

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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