At the end of 2015, the Chair, in collaboration with DIRA-Estrie, received a grant from the Quebec Age-Friendly Program (QADA) to carry out the project : DAMIA - Help seeking  for older adult mistreatment and bullying. The purpose of this project is to identify factors that hinder older adults to seek help in situations of mistreatment or bullying, as well as needs for awareness initiatives that would make the request for help easier for older adults. The aim is to enhance the awareness practices of community-based organizations by using a practice guide.

In order to do so, the research team has planned a six-step theoretical and practical data collection:

  1. "Synthesis of knowledge by two international systematic reviews over 10 years […];
  2. Critical inventory of the material and awareness approaches used by DIRA-Estrie and within agencies in the Estrie region that undertake awareness activities;
  3. Questionnaires distributed to older adults (250 French questionnaires and 50 English questionnaires);
  4. Group interviews of older adults (12 to 15) according to various life environments where people can be bullied or mistreated: the traditional home, social housing for older adults, cooperatives and private residences for older adults;
  5. Individual interview with managers from various backgrounds (n=10 to 15 persons).
  6. Focus groups or individual interviews with managers, practitioners and volunteers from DIRA-Estrie, as well as with agencies of the Estrie region that undertake awareness activities (n=20)." (Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults, 2016)

The first step of this data collection, which is the synthesis of knowledge by two reviews, is almost completed. The first round of interviews with older adults has been in progress since August 2016. The critical inventory of the material and awareness approaches used by various community-based organizations from the Estrie region has been underway since September 2016. At the end of August 2016, documents were sent to the Research Ethics Board of the Université de Sherbrooke in order to carry out interviews with key actors for the upcoming months.

For more information, see the description of the research project. 

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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